Birmingham - Petra Kvitova clinched her first title in just her second tournament
since returning from a career-threatening hand injury, defeating
Australia's Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Sunday's Birmingham final.
Wimbledon champion Kvitova was sidelined for five months as she
recovered from severe injuries to her left playing hand suffered while
fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home in the Czech Republic
"I like to play finals on grass. I wish there were more," said Kvitova.
been an amazing tournament. But there is a lot of work to do. I could
not have imagined a better comeback than I am having now."
27, returned at last month's French Open, losing in the second round,
but will head to Wimbledon as a leading contender for the women's crown
after landing her 20th career title.
Result from the WTA tournament in Birmingham on Sunday (x denotes seeding):
Petra Kvitova (CZE x7) bt Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2