While it was a more competitive encounter than their previous meeting at the Wimbledon Championships, Petra Kvitova still defeated Canadian darling Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets lift the inaugural Wuhan title.
The world No. 3 broke early in each set and held onto that lead to defeat Bouchard 6-3, 6-4 with little fuss overall. Kvitova also hit 30 winners to her 18 unforced errors, while Bouchard’s numbers provided a negative differential.
“Congratulations to Genie,” she said. “We always have great matches, and I wish you the best of luck for Singapore too. And this was the first tournament ever for Wuhan, but it was a great week here.
“Also, I know everybody wished to have Li Na here standing with us, but we will remember her with this trophy. I’m just glad she’s happy now; I hope she’s going to be happy for the rest of her life.”
This marks Kvitova’s third title in 2014 following Wimbledon and New Haven and her 14th WTA title overall.
In the doubles final, the tantalizing duo Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta won their first WTA Doubles title together by defeating Cara Black and Caroline Garcia 6-4, 5-7, 12-10.
“We got a little bit tight in the end of the second set, but that’s normal in a final,” Pennetta said. “It was just amazing to play doubles with Martina again. She’s a great partner and a great person.
“Our first time in Wuhan was amazing. Everything was perfect. We really enjoyed our week.”