Czech Mate: Kvitova Wins Second Connecticut Open Title

Photo by Billie Weiss/Connecticut Open

Petra Kvitova’s path to her second title at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies was much like her first: It was dominant.

The Czech world No. 4 did not relinquish a set en route to the championship, defeating Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to cap off another impressive week in New Haven and win her second Connecticut Open title in the last three years.

“I’m glad for that, for sure,” said Kvitova in regards to not dropping a set. “Last year I play a lot of three-setters, not only here. I’m just glad that I did it without dropping any sets. I’m just very impressed about that, of course.”

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The two-time Wimbledon Champion becomes the third player to win multiple titles in New Haven, along with four-time victors Venus Williams (1999-2002) and Caroline Wozniacki (2008-2011).

Kvitova was broken twice in the first set, but returned the favor against the Slovak three times to edge Rybarikova in the first. Rybarikova kept the set respectable, closing in at 5-4 after saving two set points at 2-5 down and breaking Kvitova. But Kvitova was able to break the Slovak back for the set, winning it 6-4.

In the second set Kvitova put her foot on the gas, as she had for much of the week, playing all-business tennis and winning it 6-2, closing out the match in 69 minutes. Kvitova now moves her record here to 12-2 overall. She secures her No. 4 world ranking moving into the US Open, where she has an outside shot at claiming the world’s No. 1 ranking should she win the event (pending other players’ results, as well).

“I know last two years I had a great run here, but I didn’t have great results in US Open, said Kvitova. “Still, I mean, I hopefully can make it a little bit better.”

Rybarikova was the lowest-ranked finalist in New Haven history, the world No. 68 now bouncing inside the Top 50. She has been as high as No. 31 in the world.

For me it’s great, I’m very happy, said Rybarikova about her week. “I hope I’m going to have some more confidence after this.”

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