dglobalnews.com Kvitova wins Aegon Classic final for 1st title since attack
Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Kvitova wins Aegon Classic final for 1st title since attack

Kvitova wins Aegon Classic final for 1st title since attack

Building on her advantage, Kvitova followed up with a second break before serving out strongly with an ace to seal her remarkable comeback success and despite tasting defeat Barty was full of admiration for her opponent.

This was only Kvitova's second tournament, the other being the French Open, since the attack in December.

Beaten in the final previous year, the Latvian went one better this time with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory on the Spanish island. "I didn't have expectations of any goals or of winning tournaments". It's kind of a fairytale.

'This is clearly something special.

"It was nice to lose the first set, and that I had to fight for the second and for the third", Kvitova said.

Barty, who returned to the sport past year after switching to play professional cricket in Australia's Big Bash League, was playing in her first grass-court final. I have to say through this week I was much better.

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"Of course I would like to play my best at Wimbledon but if I don't then I won't worry".

Over in Germany, Federer, who skipped the clay-court season to maximise his chances at Wimbledon, bludgeoned rising German star Zverev 6-1, 6-3 in just 53 minutes. I felt good and never let up, ' said the 35-year-old Swiss after becoming the oldest victor of the Gerry Weber Open and securing a No 3 seeding at Wimbledon. Almost everything worked out for me'.

Kvitova slipped a set down to the Australian - herself enjoying a fine return to the sport after a time away playing cricket - but roared back to win by taking the decider in convincing fashion.

The 27-year-old will head into the third Grand Slam tournament of the season as one of the favourites for the title, with reigning champion Serena Williams taking time out from the sport to give birth to her first child, and last year's runner-up Angelique Kerber having a hard season.

Meanwhile, Britain's Marcus Willis has been handed an uncomfortable draw in the Wimbledon qualifying event.

Coming into the tournament as the seventh seed, Kvitova was regarded as a dark horse for the tournament and she will now head into Wimbledon brimming with confidence as a result of her 20th WTA Tour title.

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