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Kvitova retains Birmingham title

  • Published at 02:25 am June 25th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:32 am June 25th, 2018
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Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova is all smiles with the Birmingham title after beating Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova Sunday Reuters

Petra Kvitova displayed her credential for a third Wimbledon title after beating Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 4-6 6-1 6-2 to defend her title at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham Sunday.

The 28-year-old Czech claimed her fifth WTA title of the season, as well as a tour-leading 37th match win of the year, as she came from a set down to triumph.

Rybarikova started the contest on the front foot, punishing Kvitova for her whopping 22 unforced errors by converting two break points to take the opening set.

Kvitova, on the back of fine serving, then roared back with consecutive breaks before levelling the match and then moved up another gear to dominate the final set with a string of powerful forehand winners.

Kvitova will be joined by the top two players in the world - Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki - and defending champion Karolina Pliskova in Eastbourne, the final tune-up event ahead of Wimbledon, which begins on July 2.

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