Petra Kvitova’s breakthrough 2011 season included six titles, while this year had seen a drought, without even a WTA final or Top 10 wins, up until now. In the final of the $2,168,400 Rogers Cup, Kvitova edged Li Na 7-5 2-6 6-3, while earlier in the tournament she recorded wins over world No.10 Marion Bartoli in the third round and world No.8 Caroline Wozniacki in the semis.
The first set of the final lasted more than an hour and Kvitova needed five set points to win it, while in the second set seed No.10 Li went on a roll, winning 16 points in a row for a 4-0 lead and soon after 6-2. After the mid-match slump, the fifth-seeded Kvitova steadily went through the third set, and one break of Li’s serve ensured her advantage.
Kvitova now has eight titles to her name: Hobart (2009), WTA Championships, Linz, Wimbledon, Madrid, Paris, Brisbane (2011) and Montreal (2012). Li has fallen to 0-3 in finals this season, while her all-time record is 5-8. They have both climbed in the rankings: Kvitova from No.6 to No.5, and Li from No.11 to No.9. (source: WTA Tour, photo: Ralf Reinecke)