Reigining Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova picked up her first hard court title of the US Open Series this season when she defeated Magdalena Rybarikova a the Connecticut Open.
The second seed maintained her pattern of dominant performances and did not miss a single step on Saturday afternoon en route to her 6-4, 6-2 win over the Slovakian.
“Serving at 5-3, I knew I was serving for the set, so it’s always a little bit difficult,” Kvitova said. “I was a little bit hectic. It was quite new balls as well. There were a few times where I was pushing her, but then I would miss the last shot. I think I just lost my concentration a little bit at times in the first set. “But the most important thing was I broke her for the set, and then kept my concentration.”
While she did not have the best of weeks leading up to the US Open, she feels she is finally prepared to perform well at the final Grand Slam event of the season.
“It wasn’t really great in Montréal, but I still felt pretty good over there. It was also my first tournament after Wimbledon,” the Czech said. “I had a bad loss against Makarova though, and in Cincinnati I struggled a lot, not really finding my confidence. It was a really difficult few weeks for me. “But from the first match I played here, I played really solid. That’s important for me going into the US Open. And I’ll enjoy this title today – but from tomorrow I have to think about the US Open.”
Kvitova will move from No.8 to No.6 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard