Petra Kvitova wins first title since stabbing at Aegon Classic in Birmingham

Esther Moore
June 26, 2017

Petra Kvitova completed an emotional Aegon Classic victory to seal her first WTA Tour title since being subjected to a career-threatening knife attack past year.

Kvitova got an early break but Barty broke back in a see-saw final set. And that's why I fight that hard to come back to play tennis.

She then decided to make her return to the tennis court 12 months ago at the 50k ITF tournament in Eastbourne where she managed to reach the semi-finals.

She returned to action in the French Open, going out in the second round, but she has been confident and sharp on her favourite surface with this title providing a swift return to winning ways.

"Yeah, I think it was important for us to take it step by step, and we've been getting better results the more we've played and the more we've gone on this year".

"This is something clearly special".

"It's some bonus to have my life and my career and everything". And I always said that I'm not here just to play tennis. "I could not have imagined a better comeback". "So I have to say I'm kind of proud of myself that I did it today". Zverev created his only break chance in the opening game of the second, but was unable to capitalize.

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Now, in just her second tournament since the attack, the 27-year-old Kvitova has made the final, advancing to the final round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham Saturday.

It's pretty remarkable how well Kvitova's recovered, and how she's managed to keep her focus so positive despite the bad injury she suffered.

Barty was ranked at 271 at the start of the year, won her first career title in March in Kuala Lumpur, and has become the first Aussie finalist here in 25 years.

But a fired-up Kvitova responded immediately as she blasted back from 40-0 down to reel off a series of winners and once again take control of the set. "You are an inspiration, a champion, we love you, we missed you and it is unbelievable to have you back on court".

It was Safarova's second success against a seed this week, her victory over the ninth-seeded Australian following another in the first round against the third-seeded Slovakian, Dominika Cibulkova, when Safarova saved two match points.

"I will keep playing this way and I know that sooner or later I will get the chance of getting another trophy", said Muguruza, for whom this tournament has been mental rehab after her title-losing trauma in Paris two weeks ago.

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