Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, stormed back into the world's top 10 for the first time since being stabbed just over two years ago when she beat Spain's Garbine Muguruza in the Qatar Open final on Sunday for her second title of the season.
Muguruza came back from 15-40 down in the seventh game, making it 3-4 with a stunning lob shot, but Kvitova did not lose her next two service games to secure her 22nd title.
Playing her eighth match in nine days, Kvitova started sluggishly, with Muguruza racing out to a 5-0 lead in the first set. "I was a little insane in my mind and I was playing everywhere and not to the court", twice Wimbledon champion Kvitova said in a court-side interview. In the second set it was more what I was expecting, a tough match.
"That's why I came back, to try to have great results in the Grand Slams and the big tournaments", said Kvitova, after sealing her return into the world's top 10 for the first time since a horrific knife attack at her home in December 2016 left her with an injured hand.
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The Romanian is set to be No. 1 again by Monday 26th February, passing Wozniacki - who reached Dubai final last year and this year she won't play there - again.
Asked how she managed to turn the contest around, Kvitova said: "I have no idea". "It feels great, it's a lovely trophy", she said. I could not really dream of it.
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. Of course, it's such a great achievement to be back there. "So that means a lot to me", Kvitova said.
Muguruza finished the game with heavy strapping on her left knee but was hopeful there was no serious problem afterwards.
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However, having finally eased her way into the match - although not quickly enough to rescue the first set - the 27-year-old took the second courtesy of a break in the sixth game and then powered her way through a gruelling third to claim victory on her second championship point.
After staving off break points in the fourth game, Kvitova claimed the decisive break of serve to lead 3-2.
"I think she (Kvitova) has great shots, so she puts you in difficulties very soon in the point. That's how that ended", she said.
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