Pan Pacific Open: Petra Kvitova is big in Japan

Pan Pacific Open Petra Kvitova

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Petra Kvitova defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-2 0-6 6-3 to secure her second WTA title of the year in the final of Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

The 23-year-old seventh seed, who also won the Dubai Tennis Championships in February, started the contest impressively as she claimed the opening three games before closing the set out in 30 minutes.

However, 25-year-old Kerber hit back strongly in the second, serving at 70 per cent, to leave Kvitova reeling.

But the German could not maintain that intensity in the third set as her serves dropped to 46 per cent which allowed Kvitova a way back and she duly accepted the invitation by winning the opening four games.

Kvitova had her serve broken in the fifth and Kerber then held to make it 4-2, but the Czech won her next two service games to claim the title in 100 minutes.

Speaking after her victory, Kvitova said: “I really want to qualify for the end-of-season championships, but I want to enjoy this feeling first.

“Angie came back at me but I tried to stay focused and it’s amazing to win such a big tournament.”

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