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Petra Kvitova Wins Miami to Dash Rybakina Sunshine Double Hopes

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Petra Kvitova is the new Miami champion after a shock victory in the final on Saturday evening, beating Elena Rybakina 7-6(14) 6-2. It was the 30th career title for the Czech and her first in a WTA 1000/Premier Mandatory for five years. She will also return to the WTA top 10 after this win, which was the her 60th against Top 10 players.

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It was a tight one early one as you’d expect with Rybakina hitting 10 aces in the opening set and giving up few points on her first serve. The pair traded breaks at 4-4 but it was business as usual for the remaining two games before an epic tiebreak Kvitova eventually won 16-14. Both women had five set points but it was Kvitova that finally took one, doing so on the first she had on her own serve. It was a much cleaner set from Kvitova in generally with 17 winners to 11 unforced errors in the opener.

While all the attention would rightly have been on the Rybakina serve with the Kazakh being the ace leader, Kvitova had a very impressive match on serve herself. She hit five aces of her own but more importantly, served at 76% first serves making it very difficult for the Indian Wells champion to get back into the match. An early break in the second was all the Czech needed to take control and she held her nerve impressively, adding two more love holds and another break to finish off a stellar performance and win the trophy.

“[Kvitova] played really well,” Rybakina said afterwards. “The second set I think, overall, it was not easy after the first set. I think second, she was also more free to hit, to maybe risk a bit more. I think that in the second I just didn’t stay disciplined and was a bit rushing. Maybe if the first set would have gone my way it would have been different, the second [set], but of course because I was physically a bit tired, I think that’s why I didn’t have discipline in the important moments.”

Despite the disappointment of her loss, Rybakina has developed established herself as one of the top players in the game and will be well in the chasing pack coming for Iga Swiatek’s No.1 if the Pole does drop off a bit during a clay season where she will mostly be defending points rather than being able to pick them up.

For additional head to head predictions of Petra Kvitova Elena Rybakina, you can see detailed H2H stats for Petra Kvitova vs Elena Rybakina.

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Aaron Higgs
Aaron Higgs
Experienced tennis writer with a focus on event previews and results.

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