Kvitova beats Barty to win Birmingham

Marsha Scott
June 27, 2017

Czech number seven seed Petra Kvitova secured a place in the final of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, her first since recovering from a career-threatening stabbing, after compatriot Lucie Safarova retired with a thigh injury.

Ashleigh Barty will take on two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the final of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham after an upset semi-final win over Spain's Garbine Muguruza.

Her last final on grass had been her triumph at Wimbledon three years ago against Eugenie Bouchard.

The 27-year-old not only looked untroubled by her hand this week but also looked to be back to her best.

EASTBOURNE, England Double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has cautioned against making her one of the favorites to lift the title this year despite a stunning return from the hand injury that nearly ended her career. Of course it would be nice to win 6-2, 6-2, but there are not any easy matches like that in Wimbledon. "Paris was a bit weird and unusual, and I couldn't play the best over there", she said. She came up with two fine returns to break serve, began to play more freely and held for 3-0 and 4-1.

But in a stunning performance against Barty, Kvitova battled back from losing the first set and stepped up in the second half of the decider to seal victory. "I could not have imagined a better comeback than I am having now".

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First, Mladenovic double-faulted going for 4-1 in the tiebreak, and when she was serving at match point down at 5-6, Kvitova's widish-looking service return took a net cord, lurched into court, and fell dead.

"Congratulations to Petra", Barty said.

"I think that will give me some extra confidence that I am still able to fight. Me either. Especially when I came there to just have some good preparation, to have some matches, I didn't really expect to be in the final". "I was very happy with my performance".

"It's so awesome to have
Petra back on the court". She's always been a great champion but I think we appreciate that more now that she's back playing week-in and week-out.

"The hand is good which is the best news I could have, and I am not feeling any pain €" and that's the best news", she repeated. "I will be very sad if I'm not making it at Wimbledon this year", she said.

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