Sunday, January 9, 2011
Perta powers past Petko!
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic has beaten Germany's Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-3 to win the Brisbane International at the Queensland Tennis Centre.
The 20-year-old Kvitova claimed the second tournament of her career with the 71-minute win, adding to the title she won in Hobart in 2009. Petkovic had gone into the final as firm favourite after powering her way through the early rounds. However Kvitova attacked from the outset and never let the German settle.
Kvitova opened an early 4-1 lead with the power of her groundstrokes - especially her booming forehand - forcing Petkovic onto the back foot. But unlike in earlier rounds where Petkovic was able to pull similar leads back, Kvitova's power and accuracy were too much for her opponent as she eased away with the first set.
Kvitova began the second set in similar fashion, winning her service games with ease while Petkovic struggled to stay in touch. The Czech broke Petkovic in the sixth game to open a 4-2 lead, but surrendered the break in the next game. However Kvitova attacked Petkovic's faltering serve and broke her again, then held her own to wrap up a comfortable win.