Petra Kvitova ends title wait with St Petersburg success


Petra Kvitova landed the St Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy title on Sunday with a comfortable victory over defending champion Kristina Mladenovic.

The Czech two-time Wimbledon champion saw off France’s Mladenovic 6-1 6-2 in an hour and five minutes.

It made it 21 career WTA titles for Kvitova, who was appearing in a final for the first time since winning the Aegon Classic in June – a triumph which came just six months on from her sustaining career-threatening hand injuries when she was stabbed by an intruder at her home.

The 27-year-old’s successful week in Russia was a return to form after she made a first-round exit at the Australian Open.

Earlier, Timea Babos secured her third career WTA title with a 7-5 6-1 victory over Kateryna Kozlova at the Taiwan Open.

“It was not easy, she played really well and really aggressive in the first set,” Babos said, quoted on the WTA website. “But I stayed there, I got all the important moments, and I really fought hard.

“The first set, I think it was very difficult for me to start. I was a bit slower today than before. It’s a final, somehow you have to manage a different kind of nerves.”

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