Petra Kvitova sinks Garbine Muguruza to claim second Qatar Open crown
Petra and Garbine met in the 2018 finals, with the Czech player prevailing in three sets. Kvitova didn't have to work that hard this time around, fending off six out of seven break points and stealing Garbine's serve five times in a row to sail over the finish line.
Petra lost only seven points behind the initial shot in the opening set, saving early two break points and delivering consecutive breaks for 6-2. A left-hander survived that challenging service game at 1-1 and opened a 4-2 advantage when Garbine sprayed backhand errors in game six. The Czech cemented the break with a service winner a few minutes later and clinched the set with a break at 30 in game eight after 32 minutes.
Seeking a stronger start in set number two, Garbine earned a break in the opening game and wasted the advantage after two double faults in game two. Facing two break chances in game three, Petra stayed calm and repelled both to open a 2-1 lead with a service winner. Carried by that momentum, Kvitova grabbed another break in game four to move 3-1 up.
Losing ground completely, Garbine got broken for the fifth straight time in game six to fall 5-1 behind before Petra fired a service winner in game seven to seal the deal and celebrate the crown.