Tokyo - Czech Petra Kvitova recovered from a second-set meltdown to beat
fellow left-hander Angelique Kerber 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 and capture the Pan
Pacific Open on Saturday for her second title of the year.
seed Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, burst from the blocks in the
Tokyo final, storming through the first set, but inexplicably suffered
the dreaded 0-6 'bagel' in the second.
She quickly rediscovered
her poise in the decider, screaming in delight and pumping her fist as
she put away a sharp volley to take a 4-0 lead.
put fifth seed Kerber out of her misery on her fourth match point, a
blistering crosscourt forehand ending the German's resistance after an
hour and 39 minutes and giving Kvitova an 11th career singles title.
really want to qualify for the end of season championships but I want
to enjoy this feeling first," said Kvitova, projected to rise from 11th
to seventh in the new world rankings and closing in on sixth place in
the race for next month's WTA Championships in Istanbul.
"I felt a
bit tired," added Kvitova after her tour-high 32nd three-set match of
2013. "Angie came back at me but I tried to stay focused and it's
amazing to win such a big tournament."
It was Kvitova's first
title since Dubai in February and winning the premier five event earned
her $426 000. Kerber, who had been seeking a third title and first of
the year, took home $213 000.
"It's tough to answer why I play so
many three-set matches," Kvitova said after levelling her
head-to-head record with Kerber to 2-2. "I've still not figured out why.
I played two and a half hours yesterday (in beating Venus Williams) but
that's not the reason. My game is still up and down but I keep fighting
until the last point."
Kvitova voiced confidence she could push on and win another grand slam title in 2014.
winning Wimbledon I know what it takes," she said. "It's an
unbelievable feeling and I really want to experience it once more.
have a new fitness coach (Marek Vseticek) and my condition has felt
good this week," she said. "It's a good sign for me. I have more
confidence on court."
Kerber, who paid dearly for making only 48 percent of her first serves in the final set, was gracious in defeat.
the second set I tried to play the same tennis but she was too good at
the end," said the 25-year-old. "She played aggressively. All credit to