Kvitova wins Linz, leaves Cibulkova without titles


Petra Kvitova finally found her best form after the astonishing Wimbledon triumph and except a tough semifinal against Jelena Jankovic, the Czech pretty much cruised through the Generali Ladies Linz to win her fifth title this season. Her opponent in the final, Dominika Cibulkova, fell to 0-3 in career finals and remains one of only two Top 30 players who have still not won a WTA title.

From 4-4 in the first set, the world No.4 Kvitova won eight of the next nine games to win the final against Cibulkova and keep the Slovak’s otherwise successful career without titles. Score: 6-4 6-1.

En route to the Linz title and the prize of $37,ooo, the top seeded Kvitova defeated Rebecca Marino 6-2 6-2 in the first round, Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6-2 6-3 in the second round, eight seed Daniela Hantuchova 6-2 6-2 in the quarterfinals, third seed Jelena Jankovic 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the semis, and finally the seventh-seeded Cibulkova. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)

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