Li could not maintain her momentum through to the third set as Kvitova began playing more aggressively. The tactic paid off for the 2011 Wimbledon champion who has faced a tough season this year. She was able to secure the only break in the set to take the match after 2 hours and 16 minutes of play at 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.
Following the match, Kvitova acknowledged the significance of her first 2012 title and first title on North American soil. Hailing from the Czech Republic the 22-year-old explained “I have asthma so I have trouble breathing sometimes . . . it’s only a problem in North America, unfortunately, because here it’s more humid than Europe or Australia”.
Li’s 2012 finals record now stands at 0-3, but it wasn’t all bad news for the Chinese no. 1. Her run at Montreal ensures that she will again enter the top 10 and the 30-year-old appeared satisfied with her overall play, saying in her post-match interview “I’m very happy because this was the first hardcourt tournament after the Olympics, and my new coach is going to come to Cincinnati, so I think this is a very good start to this season for me.”