Kvitova knocks out Wozniacki in Qatar final

Lucky 13 and second successive title for Kvitova after Muguruza classic

But another such comeback looked like it may be beyond her when she lost the first set to a player in Muguruza who had a walkover in the semi-finals with Simona Halep forced to pull out.

The Czech star won 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 to set up a final against Spain's Garbine Muguruza on Sunday.It will be Kvitova's second final this month, after already winning in St Petersburg.Currently the world number 21, the final in Doha also underlines her push to get back to the elite of the women's game following a horrific knife attack at her home 14 months ago.

Playing her eighth match in nine days, Kvitova started sluggishly, with Muguruza racing out to a 5-0 lead in the first set. Kvitova overcame an very bad start which saw her lose the first five games to eventually triumph 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Since then she's managed to hang inside the top 30, winning a title in Birmingham along they way and notching wins over the likes of Caroline Wozniacki, Alize Cornet, Caroline Garcia and Ash Barty.

Wozniacki had a chance to serve out the match in the second set at 5-4 and 6-5.

After comfortable service holds for both players to start the match, it was once again Kvitova who found herself in deep trouble. "I just tried. It was a tough match, a big fight and hopefully, the people enjoyed it".

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.

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However, she received no such helping hand in the fourth game, two break points going begging despite Muguruza excelling with the backhand return.

Nerves were certainly getting to Muguruza, especially after dropping the second set.

After staving off break points in the fourth game, Kvitova claimed the decisive break of serve to lead 3-2. She first saved a break- point at 30-40 with a backhand victor after doing all the running, and then held her serve with an ace.

Even though hampered by her problematic knee, Muguruza's fight did not fade away, and instead grew stronger as she prevented Kvitova from running away with the title, putting in some fight to remain in contention.

Petra Kvitova came from a set down to claim the Qatar Open title in Doha with a 13th successive victory.

A net cord helped Muguruza check Kvitova's momentum and save a break point in the first game of the decider. I think also because she came out with all those winners.


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