Stuttgart - World
No 3 Petra Kvitova said she had found her rhythm on clay after
winning her second WTA title of the season in Stuttgart on Sunday, a
month before the start of the French Open.
The Czech star beat Estonia's Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) in the
final, succeeding compatriot Karolina Pliskova as champion at the
A two-time Wimbledon champion and runner-up at the Australian Open in
January, Kvitova will be chasing her third career major at Roland
Garros next month, and said she had found her clay court feet with the
triumph in Stuttgart.
"It was tougher at the beginning of the week when I played my first
and second match. I said that I would need a bit more matches to get
used to the clay," said Kvitova whose best run at Roland Garros was a
semi-final spot in 2012.
"Since then I think I've really found a good rhythm. There were ups
and downs today as well, and I really had to push myself to play more
"I was glad to hit a forehand winner down the line on match point."
Kvitova battled through a tough second set to beat eighth seed
Kontaveit, who reached the final on a walkover after world number one
Naomi Osaka pulled out of the semi-final with an abdominal injury on
Kontaveit said that Kvitova was a "role model" after the final, but Czech joked that she didn't feel like one.
"I don't think anyone would want to copy the way I move," she laughed.
Kvitova thanked the fans as well as her coaches who did not join her in Stuttgart this week.
"It was amazing to see the arena full every day," she said. "I always like to come back to Stuttgart."
"My coaches were not actually here, so I'm looking forward to seeing them again."
Having won the Sydney International in January, Kvitova is the first
woman to win two titles in 2019, after all of the first 18 WTA
competitions of the year were won by different players.
"I was just glad to be in the final, because I have never got past
the semi-finals here," said Kvitova. "Winning the title is a big bonus."