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.
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