Qatar Open: Petra Kvitova beats Garbine Muguruza to win title

  • Qatar Open: Petra Kvitova beats Garbine Muguruza to win title

Qatar Open: Petra Kvitova beats Garbine Muguruza to win title

Last night's victory also extended Kvitova's dominance over Wozniacki, which stands at 8-5 and she has won last four encounters between the two.

The match looked like it would not last an hour before Kvitova found her range in the second set. Breezing through her own service games, Muguruza earned yet another break point, but was wasteful on her opportunities.

Kvitova was forced to take a break from tennis after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in 2016.

Two break-back points were staved off and, though Muguruza held to force Kvitova to serve the set out, she promptly did so, the clinching point met with a shriek of approval.

Conditions became increasingly windy and Kvitova needed the best of her fighting spirit to save a further break point with a great forehand and sealed the sixth game with an ace.

Wozniacki took the first break of the match at 4-2, but was broken right back by Kvitova. Kvitova broke immediately after that when Muguruza netted a backhand into the net after a 23-shot long rally.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova will climb 11 places when the rankings are confirmed on Monday, while Muguruza will rise one place to third.

Kvitova's return to form will put her back in contention for majors this season.

The Spaniard also rued her missed opportunities, when she could not convert five break points on offer in the second set.

"So I have just to take care of it and thinking about the health first". And in the third it was just a little bit more equal. "She has a hard game to play against when she´s on, but as well when she isn´t", Wozniacki said, "because you don´t get any rhythm and you know that eventually she´s going to start hitting those balls in and you need to be ready".

Saving her fourth break point of the set, she narrowly held onto her lead while Muguruza continued to dig for chances with some aggressive play, though she was unable to overhit her opponent. I think also because she came out with all those winners.

Playing just their fourth tournament together, the unseeded duo Dabrowski and Ostapenko beat seeded pairs en route to winning the title in Doha.

Latvia's Ostapenko, meanwhile, maintained an unbeaten record in doubles finals to claim her third title with as many partners, following St. Petersburg and Stuttgart previous year with Alicja Rosolska and Raquel Atawo respectively.

And that, ultimately brought her dividends at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex yesterday. Errors were flying everywhere but merciless backhands were enough to help her escape from trouble, grabbing the tough yet important hold in the first game of the deciding set.