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Kvitova trounces Errani to claim 10th singles title

Reuters, DUBAI

Petra Kvitova kisses the winner’s trophy after her women’s singles match against Sara Errani in the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday.

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Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova claimed her 10th singles title after defeating Sara Errani 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday.

The Czech 22-year-old sought to assert her dominance from the off. She broke twice to race into a 3-0 lead in under 10 minutes as the diminutive Errani struggled to handle the world No. 8’s forehand.

The Czech, who did not drop a set in beating last year’s champion Agnieszka Radwanska and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in earlier rounds, suffered a wobble as two double faults helped Errani to narrow the deficit to 4-2, but the left-hander broke again to seal the set.

After such a stroll, it was easy to forget that claycourt specialist Errani was actually the higher-ranked player and few among the crowd would have expected anything but a similar procession for Kvitova in the second set.

However, the indefatigable Errani had other ideas and with the crowds firmly supporting her, last year’s French Open finalist switched to a serve-and-volley approach.

That enabled her to break three times and she also held her own serve with increasing ease, winning six games in a row to square the match as more errors crept into Kvitova’s game.

The momentum was with Errani and she went 0-40 up with the Czech serving at 1-1 in the deciding set, but the latter escaped with a series of blistering serves.

That proved to be the pivotal moment, Kvitova breaking at the next opportunity and then holding for a 4-1 lead before sealing the title with an unreturnable serve.

COPA BOGOTA

In the semi-finals of the Copa Ciudad de Bogota women’s singles tournament in Bogota, Colombia, No. 1 seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia beat Karin Knapp of Italy 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) on Saturday.

She was to meet unseeded Paula Ormaechea of Argentina in the final yesterday, after Ormaechea beat Teliana Pereira of Brazil 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 on Saturday.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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