Kvitova looking to Wimbledon after comeback title

Kvitova looking to Wimbledon after comeback title

Kvitova looking to Wimbledon after comeback title

Petra Kvitova showed she will be a serious contender at Wimbledon after beating Australian Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the Aegon Classic in Birmingham yesterday, in just her second tournament since returning from a knife-attack injury.

"I think I've been through a very hard time in my life, and it wasn't about the tennis, but about coming back healthy and alive and move my fingers properly and everything like that".

"It was all a little uncertain because I don't know him that well", said Federer. She also mentioned she is in a bit of a shock as she did not expect her to make it to a final in her second tournament back.

"Yeah, I think it was important for us to take it step by step, and we've been getting better results the more we've played and the more we've gone on this year". And this is something clearly special.

"I am sorry for what happened at match point but I am very happy to win", Kvitova said. "It's some bonus to have in my life and my career and everything". "I couldn't play for five or six months and I missed it. So I have to say I'm kind of proud of myself that I did it today".

When she served for the match at 6-4, 5-3, Kvitova delivered two double faults, dropped her service game and lost her momentum.

Two-time Wimbledon victor Kvitova was stabbed in the Czech Republic in December and could have lost her career, escaping instead with hand injuries.

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Federer, who skipped the claycourt season after winning the Miami Open in early April, claimed his fourth title of the year, matching Rafael Nadal's tally, and he will be seeded ahead of his Spanish rival for Wimbledon, which starts in eight days.

The 25-year-old from Guernsey has been given a wildcard to play at Wimbledon, which starts on 3 July.

But a fired-up Kvitova responded immediately as she blasted back from 40-0 down to reel off a series of winners and once again take control of the set.

Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011 and again in 2014 and will now head into the tournament as one of the favourites given her impressive victory from a strong field in Birmingham.

"It's so wonderful to have Petra back on the court".

Kvitova raised her level in set number 2, breaking Barty in games 2 and 6 for a 5-1 advantage, before the younger player pulled one break back in game 7, reducing the deficit to 5-2.

Barty was ebullient. "I executed exactly the way I wanted to", she said.

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