Petra Kvitova maintained her impressive start to 2018 by winning the Qatar Open after a thrilling 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Garbine Muguruza in the final.
Victory will see the Czech reclaim her place in the world’s top 10 next week, a feat that seemed unthinkable 12 months ago. She made a bad start in Sunday’s final, losing the first five games, before rallying back to 3-5. However, Muguruza was too strong on serve and didn’t waste a second chance to serve out the set, taking her second set point.
The Spaniard looked in control and failed to take break points on her opponent’s serve at both 1-1 and 2-2. Kvitova then made the decisive break at 3-2, before holding on to take the second set 6-3. The final set was full of quality and it was the Czech that would once again break serve first, before saving break points of her own to lead 4-2.
Kvitova’s serving improved as she sailed through to take her second consecutive WTA Premier title after winning the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. Victory over Muguruza stretched Kvitova’s winning streak to 13 matches, including two impressive singles victories in the Fed Cup last week. She will move to the American swing full of confidence and a contender to win one, if not both titles in Indian Wells and Miami.