Petra Kvitova has entered the history books at the Mutua Madrid Open after winning her third title, becoming the tournament’s most garlanded female player. The Czech player downed Holland’s Kiki Bertens 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 in a high-quality final that lasted almost three hours on centre court at the Manolo Santana Stadium.
After battling so hard to make it to the final, neither player was willing to allow their rival to take the upper hand. Each point was fought for and each game treated with the utmost importance. There was too much at stake for both. Bertens was in her first evert WTA Premier Mandatory final after a perfect week in which she knocked out some of the tournament favourites in Sevastova, world number two Wozniacki, former Madrid champion Sharapova before halting Caroline Garcia in the semis. Meanwhile, Kvitova was looking to make her own history at the Mutua Madrid Open.
The even nature of the match between the two-time champion and the Dutch player was prevalent throughout. Both players looked to build on their serves, racking up impressive figures and ceding very few break points. On that theme, the first set went to a tie-break, with the player from Czechia, who was aggressive throughout from her deep position on court and constantly looking to ware down her opponent, coming out on top.
In the second set, Kvitova could not break through the Dutch wall. Bertens landed 81% of first serves, winning 77% of points on them and did not offer up a single break point, before taking one of the three that she earned herself to break her opponent’s serve to send the game into a deciding set.
However, in the match’s decisive moments Petra Kvitova’s experience told. The Grand Slam and Olympic medallist took risks and put Bertens, who relied on her serve once more, under pressure. The scores remained level until 4-3, when the left-hander hit down a number of winners to finally break her opponent’s serve before serving it out herself to love as she succeeded Simona Halep as the queen of the Mutua Madrid Open.