Sunday, 2 October 2016

Kvitova dominant in Wuhan title win

The Czech Republic has enjoyed great team success in recent years with Fed Cup wins but in the past week it is individual titles on the WTA Tour which have found their way to the European nation.

The more significant was the Premier 5 tournament in Wuhan, won by Petra Kvitova, whose crushing of Dominika Cibulkova in the final followed earlier wins against world number one Angie Kerber and fourth seed Simona Halep.
Cibulkova completed a fine event herself, reaching the final after victories over Karolina Pliskova and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Kvitova had too many weapons in the finale though, winning 24 of 25 points when her first serve landed in, and savaging the Cibulkova serve, winning 70% of the points on the Slovakian delivery.

In the smaller Taskent event, unseeded Kristyna Pliskova defeated fourth seed Nao Hibino in a tight three set final - her serve, which was highlighted by 10 aces and no double faults, assisted her across the line for her debut WTA title.

In Shenzhen, the final will be contested between top seed Tomas Berdych and third seed Richard Gasquet - Berdych comfortably accounted for Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci and Gasquet was ahead 6-2 4-1 when Janko Tipsarevic retired.

Elsewhere in China, the Chengdu final will feature fifth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas against unseeded Karen Khachanov.  Third seed Grigor Dimitrov fell to Ramos-Vinolas in one semi final while sixth seed Viktor Troicki was the latest victim of tournament surprise packet Khachanov.

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