Petra Kvitova Champion in Dubai

February 24, 2013

WTA Tennis News

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Petra Kvitova defeated Sara Errani in the final in Dubai. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Petra Kvitova defeated Sara Errani in the final in Dubai. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Dubai, UAE – Former Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova has proven once more that she has what it takes to win on a big occasion after beating Sara Errani 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 and lift the Dubai Duty Free Championships title.

Welcome back Petra Kvitova.  The 22-year old silenced her critics after securing her third WTA title since winning Wimbledon in 2011 and no doubt silenced any negative thoughts in her mind about winning the major events on the Tour.

It was not a straightforward victory for Kvitova.  The No.6-seeded Czech won the first set comfortably 6-2, but Errani changed tactics during the second set and this seemed to alter the power of dominance between the ladies.

Having changed from attack to more defensive play in the rallies, the 5ft 4in Italian used every inch of her height to retrieve heavily struck balls to keep in contention for the title.  When Errani did attack the ball, her serve-and-volley style of game proved profitable for the 25-year-old.

The Italian’s unshakeable determination to stay in the match proved to be the key, as she world No.7 comfortably took the second set 6-1.

Kvitova reignited her Grand Slam winning determination to rally back in the third set.  She unleashed her bludgeoning forehand and fired the ball with great power from her backhand to win five games in a row to seal the victory and lift the title.

Errani had no answer to Kvitova’s game and eventually succumbed 1-6 in the third set.

“I knew I had to keep fighting for every ball, because she was really on fire in the second set and continued that in the third too.  I was just thinking to not give up and just fight for every point. When it was 2-1 and she missed a volley, and I think that was a turning point for me.”

She continued:

“I was quite down after the second set. I just tried to stay positive and just play.”

Kvitova may not be one of the greatest movers on the Tour, but this is an area she knows she needs to work on and that speed and agility are key to further Grand Slam success.   She is still the only player born in the 1990s who has won a Grand Slam title and clearly has time on her side.  But for now, Kvitova is quite happy to enjoy the victory in Dubai.

“I’m glad how I’m playing right now – that’s the important thing for me,” Kvitova said. “I’m not thinking this is a turning point or a turning tournament for me. Yes, it was a lot of great players here and it was hard to beat them, but I’m still just thinking about my game. That’s the priority for me.”

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including,,, and Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website where you can read her reports. She can be reached at or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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