Kvitova beats Muguruza in thrilling Doha final


Petra Kvitova sealed an emotional return to the top-10 after an impressive week at the 2018 Qatar Total Open, extending her unbelievable winning streak to 13 straight matches while claiming three extraordinary wins over top-five players within just five days.

Coming into the tournament 21st in the WTA rankings, the Czech won 3-6 6-3 6-4 in two hours and 16 minutes to add to her triumph in St Petersburg earlier this month.

It is the first time Kvitova has been ranked among the world's elite since a horrific knife attack at her home in December 2016 left her with an injured hand. "It's a very special feeling to be back".

"It was an incredible few weeks for me playing on the grass a year ago", said world No 3 Muguruza. She was unable to convert though and gradually Kvitova began to dominate and then broke the Spaniard's serve to edge ahead 4-2.

The world number four had chances again in the third set, with three break points in the fourth game, but could not capitalise and Kvitova seized control to claim the title.

She hit 50 winners, many from her powerful forehand, and her victory was the third she has recorded this week in Doha over a member of the world's top 10.

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That was despite spending nearly twice as long on court in Doha as Muguruza, who received a first-round bye and and benefited from a semi-final walkover after Simona Halep's withdrawal. "I think if I would have got one of those break points, it would be different".

She was in trouble when Spain's Muguruza took a 5-0 lead in the first set.

The service hold propelled Kvitova to grabbing the first break of the decider immediately, though Muguruza had to unfortunately call for a medical time-out after injuring her knee during a rally. She had disposed of Agnieszka Radwanska in another comeback in the round of 32 after dropping the first set.

"When I was down 3-1 I was really angry with myself and I tried to hit some winners".

"That's why I came back, to try to have great results in the grand slams and the big tournaments", she said.

That backfired immediately as the break for Kvitova, which felt incoming, finally came with a flawless backhand victor which was perfectly hit into the corner.