Petra Kvitova seems to be unstoppable at the moment. Sevent-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko was more than a worthy opponent in New Haven final match, but was quite far from success against second seed Czech.
There was practically nothing that could separate the two players in an entertaining first set. We saw fast and aggressive baseline tennis with some successful attacks at the net, too. While left-handed Kvitova was trying to prevail with her forehand winners, she also made more unforced errors than her rival. She was leading with 3-1, but then lost three consecutive games. The set was still tied at 5-5 when 25-years old Kirilenko conceded two double faults in a row and gifted her opponent a break. Kvitova was now serving for a set, but there was still some spark left in Kirilenko as she forced a tie-break.
Just as in previous games, winning points depended on moments of inspiration. The 22-years old Czech achieved a mini-break early on, yet eventually failed to convert three set balls. Kirilenko also earned herself a set ball, but Kvitova blasted a forehand return into Russian’s part of the court in response. When she defended Kvitova’s fourth set point opportunity with a fine placed backhand return, spectators most probably hoped that the set would never end. Still, Czech supporters were pleased to see their favorite taking the set with 11-9 tie-break win.
14th-ranked Kirilenko was determined to get back into the match and all was going according to her plans for most of the second set. She broke Kvitova’s serve twice and was serving for the set at 5-2. She did manage to earn herself a set point, but even then the level of her tennis was already starting to drop significantly, whereas world no. 5 Kvitova was playing next to perfect. She practically stormed through the remaining games of the match and converted her first championship ball as she took Kirilenko’s serve with a break to love. End score: 7-6 (9), 7-5.
Last year’s Wimbledon champion Kvitova thus conquered her second August WTA tournament and can be considered as one of the contenders for the US Open trophy.
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