Kvitova triumphs in Montreal
Petra Kvitova won the Rogers Cup in Montreal courtesy of a thrilling 7-5 2-6 6-3 win over Li Na.
It was a match in which the momentum swung from one player to the other before the 22-year-old Kvitova grabbed control of the clash in the final set.
It was Li who got off to the better of the starts, breaking her Czech opponent in the third game of the match. However, Kvitova broke back twice to serve out the first set 7-5 under heavy pressure.
Li got off to a flying start in the second set, winning 16 straight points as she steamrolled her way to a 6-2 advantage in just half an hour.
Kvitova managed to regain her composure though as both players upped their play in a top quality deciding set.
It was Kvitova who was able to grab the key break, as Li failed to hold her service in the sixth game of the set.
It was all that the 2011 Wimbledon champion required to wrestle hold of proceedings, with Kvitova taking the final set 6-3 and with it the match.
It was Kvitova's first win of the season and she was understandably delighted.
"I knew that I had to keep my serve and just wait for her to break," said the world number six. "Finally I played well in North America and I am so glad I could play here and we had amazing crowd here.
"I have to congratulate Li Na on a great game and I hope we can meet again in the final of the U.S. Open."
Li was gracious in defeat, taking the positives out of her time in Canada.
"Today wasn't my day but I am very happy with way I played this week," she said.
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