Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Kvitova Captures Title
DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 18-23, 2013
Results - Saturday, February 23, 2013
Singles – Final
(6) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (5) Sara Errani (ITA) 62 16 61
Doubles – Final
Mattek-Sands/Mirza (USA/IND) d. (2) Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) 64 26 107 (Match TB)
- Kvitova wins her 10th WTA title and first of 2013.
- Kvitova’s win-loss record in WTA finals now stands at 10-2; eight of her 10 titles have come at Grand Slam or Premier-level tournaments.
- Kvitova’s five opponents en route to the title (Hantuchova, Ivanovic, Radwanska, Wozniacki and Errani) were all current or former members of the Top 10; apart from the final, she won all her matches in straight sets.
- Errani falls to 6-6 in WTA finals, having also finished as runner-up in Paris [Indoors] earlier this year.
- Kvitova improves her head-to-head record against Errani to 4-0.
- Kvitova is projected to rise to No.7 when the new rankings are released on Monday, while Errani will fall to No.8.
- Mattek-Sands and Mirza win their fourth WTA title together; Mattek-Sands now has 12 career titles to her name, while Mirza has 16.
Petra Kvitova: “I knew I had to keep fighting for every ball, because she was really on fire in the second set and continued that in the third too. I was just thinking to not give up and just fight for every point. When it was 2-1 and she missed a volley, and I think that was a turning point for me. I just tried to stay positive and just play.”
Sara Errani: “In the beginning she was hitting so strong and making winners from everywhere, so I had to change something. I tried to go to the net more and be more aggressive, and that’s it – from the baseline she was playing unbelievable and it was very tough. I had chances in the third. If I got to 2-all there would be more pressure on her to close the match, but it was 4-1, 5-1, and then it was very easy for her.”