Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Kvitova comeback adds new chapter with top 10 return

Kvitova comeback adds new chapter with top 10 return

But as the match wore on, Kvitova started finding range with her lefty forehand and won back a break of serve, losing the set 6-3 but gaining momentum.

Kvitova, 27, is continuing her comeback following six months out after a knife attack at her home in December 2016.

Asked about being back in the top 10, Kvitova replied: "I remember sometime previous year when I was asked about this, I couldn't even dream of it", she said.

"It's a very special feeling to be back", said Kvitova. Kvitova converted on three of her opportunities while Muguruza missed all seven break points in the last sets.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic poses with her trophy on the podium after winning the final of the women's singles at the Qatar Open tennis competition in Doha, on February 18, 2018. "I think tomorrow will be another day, another match", said the Czech. 'I didn't get many first serves in the first game, and in the second game she played aggressively and I made a few unforced errors.

Simona Halep's injury-plagued start to the season continued on Friday as a lingering foot injury forced her out of the Qatar Open, as Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the semis and ensured she kept her world number one ranking.

"When I remember where I was one year ago, it was going to be impossible". The Czech struggled with her serves and committed 15 unforced errors as Muguruza capitalised to pocket the first set, despite being broken while serving for the set at 5-1. Kvitova celebrated the 13th in a row, her second-longest streak ever and put her name in the Hall of Fame in three of the Premier 5 available having won in Montreal in 2012 and Wuhan in 2014 and 2016.

Muguruza - who had an extra day to prepare for the final after receiving a bye in the semi-final - finished the game with heavy strapping on her left knee, which she said was down to a "weird movement" but was hopeful there was no serious problem.

The second set was punctuated by blazing, all-court rallies.

The impact of the rest Muguruza received was perhaps best exemplified in the third game as she scurried to meet a Kvitova drop shot, which she met with a perfectly placed volley to consolidate her command of the first set, before it was then further strengthened by a careless Kvitova double fault that handed her a second break.

Questioned if it felt more special because of the circumstances of her comeback, she added: "It's something that's incredible, let's say. I just tried. It was a tough match, a big fight and hopefully, the people enjoyed it".

"I think I had a lot of break points and I didn't convert them", said the fourth seed.

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