Petra Kvitova won her 10th WTA Tour title on Saturday in a hard-fought 6-2 1-6 6-1 victory over Sara Errani at the Dubai World Tennis Championships.
The 22-year-old faced an aggressive Errani determined to use the serve-volley to her advantage, but Kvitova’s own strong serves and shot selection proved too much in the end.
The former Wimbledon champion had beaten her WTA top-eight opponent in all three of their previous meetings, without even dropping a set, but needed real inspiration to win this final.
Kvitova shot off to a superb start, breaking Errani in the first game before stretching her lead to 4-0 without much trouble. Her powerful forehand carved Errani open on numerous occasions, the Czech forcing through points in short rallies.
Errani offered slight resistance with a break of her own to bring it back to 4-2, but could do nothing as Kvitova dispatched a magnificent shot on the back foot to put away the seventh game at break-15.
After a brief turnaround and two deuces, Kvitova was back in her chair boasting a one-set advantage. Her strength had been the key in that first set, Errani winning just one point off her second serve, and the Czech continued into the second with an immediate break.
However, Errani fought back with a break of her own and took a 2-1 lead in the second before earning break point following a magnificent deft drop at the net to leave Kvitova applauding her opponent. Moments later and Errani had taken her third straight game when the Czech needlessly double faulted.
4-1 was soon 5-1, Errani smashing home a winner after aggressive play against Kvitova’s wearying serves. A magnificent serve-volley before a net volley on a passing shot handed Errani set point, which Kvitova duly crashed low into the net.
The Italian came out aggressive in the final set but went 3-1 down when she failed to convert three break points before hitting the net at deuce in the fourth game.
Out of nowhere Kvitova was back in her stride and held her serve to love before breaking after numerous deuces for 5-1.
Kvitova, having won four straight games, served for the title in style. With three championship points under her belt, the Czech nailed her final serve down the line at 110 mph to claim the Dubai title.