Petra Kvitova Wins Title And Replaces Maria Sharapova As No. 2

Petra Kvitkova the winner in Istanbul

The match between Kvitova with Azarenka in the final TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul was tied and very interesting. The game that runs for 2 hours 28 minutes on Sunday, finally won by Petra Kvitova with 7-5, 4-6 and 6-3. In the opening set, it looks like The Czech will win easily over 22-year-old Belarusian, Kvitova cruised easily and immediately lead 5-0. But in the sixth game, when Kvitova 40-0 lead, Azarenka managed to stop the tennis player who has never lost during the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships. Azarenka was able to swing the momentum, winning the next five games; although she would still lose that first set, she kept that momentum and pocketed the second set.

“At 5-0 down you just try to believe and keep fighting, point by point,” Azarenka said. “At 5-all I still had the same spirit and the same belief to keep going.”

Azarenka’s momentum didn’t end there. She brought up triple break point as Kvitova served in the first game of the decider, eventually holding a fourth break point later in the game – but Kvitova hung tough at what was perhaps the most critical time of the match, holding that service game then getting the only break of the set in the next game. The two held the rest of the way until Kvitova hit a fierce crosscourt forehand pass that drew one last Azarenka error.

“It was unbelievable tennis,” Kvitova said in her on-court interview right after the match. “We were both really fighting. Every game and every set was very close. Maybe I played better on the important points in the match. We both played some of our best here in Istanbul today – it was a final, so why not!”

“It’s hard to lose, but I’m glad I lost to such a champion who deserved to win,” Azarenka said. “Petra was amazing today. She really did a great job.”

As a winner in Istanbul and are unbeaten since the round robin, Kvitova entitled to pocket the extra 1,500 points at once drove her into tennis world no. 2, replacing Maria Sharapova, who dropped to fourth place.

Petra Kvitkova

This is its own record for Kvitova, where he started the year with a ranking outside the top 30, and is now just one spot away from the top ranking. “When I started this season I didn’t have any goals. I just wanted to improve my game,” she said. “But first Wimbledon, and now the year-end Championships and getting to No.2 in the world, it’s just a dream.”

An extraordinary achievement. Congratulations Petra Kvitova.
The end of next week, Kvitova will participate with the team rep ceck, against Russia in the Federation Cup final. Good luck Kvitova.

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