Petra Kvitova Wins Her First Title Since Being Attacked

Jonathan Hernandez
June 26, 2017

Two-time Wimbledon victor Kvitova was stabbed in the Czech Republic in December which could have ended her career, escaping instead with hand injuries.

Kvitova advanced when Lucie Safarova retired with a right leg injury when trailing 6-1 1-0.

The Queenslander charged past French Open victor Garbine Muguruza 3-6 6-4 6-3 to advance to the Birmingham Classic final, claiming her first top-20 triumph in the process. "I wish I could have more - I won't be sad if it is in a couple of weeks [at Wimbledon] but there is still a lot of work to be done", Kvitova said after the match. "I am not feeling any pain".

But Kvitova settled into her rhythm in the second, taking a 5-1 lead before stuttering a little at the end of the set with two double-faults handing her opponent a break. "I could not have imagined a better comeback". They remain her only grand slam crowns.

Barty, who had taken time out from the sport to play cricket in the Women's Big Bash League, had pulled off an upset in the semi-final, beating Spain's Garbine Muguruza, the 2015 Wimbledon runner-up.

The fourth-seeded Cilic will play Feliciano Lopez or Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday's title match at the Wimbledon warm-up event. Zverev created his only break chance in the opening game of the second, but was unable to capitalize. He also won it in 2012.

It happened abruptly when Vandeweghe shook hands just three points into the final set.

It proved to be a momentary lapse, and Cilic converted his second match point when fired down a second-serve ace.

Roger Federer defeated Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (5) to advance to the final of the Gerry Weber Open for the 11th time.

It's pretty remarkable how well Kvitova's recovered, and how she's managed to keep her focus so positive despite the very bad injury she suffered. Khachanov then missed two set points before Federer took it to the tiebreaker.

In defeating Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 7-6 (5), Kvitova struck the ball solidly on both sides, moved well and made bold forays to the net. "It's warm, it's hot, I'm a little bit exhausted".

The former British number one has dropped to 126th in the rankings after a hard season in which she has won just six WTA Tour matches.

Federer saved four of the six break points he faced overall, while converting three of his five opportunities. At 35, the Swiss became the oldest victor of the grasscourt tournament.

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