Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat unseeded Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday in the Aegon Classic final to win her first title since her playing hand was injured in a knife attack at her home. Also Read - Novak Djokovic Beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to Clinch French Open 2021 Title, Wins 19th Grand Slam Overall
The Czech, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, suffered a knife attack during a robbery at her home in December that left her with a damaged hand and sidelined her until last month’s French Open. Also Read - HIGHLIGHTS French Open 2021 Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas, Men's Final Updates: Djokovic Wins 19th Grand Slam Title, Beats Tsitsipas to Clinch 2nd Roland Garros Title
It was the Czech leftie’s first grass-court final since her triumph at 2014 Wimbledon and her 20th career title in her 27th final. Also Read - French Open 2021 LIVE Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic Semifinal: Prediction, Time, H2H, Preview, When And Where to Watch Nadal vs Djokovic Live TV Broadcast, Online Live Streaming, Match Time in IST
While her serving was inconsistent — 13 aces and seven double faults against Barty — Kvitova’s ground strokes looked as penetrating and as hard-to-read as ever.
Barty won her first 11 points on serve, and conceded only one point in her first four service games. She broke Kvitova’s serve at the second attempt, took the first set and put Kvitova under pressure in the opening game of the second.
Kvitova clung on and the match changed course. She came up with two fine returns to break serve, began to play more freely and held for 3-0 and 4-1.
By now Kvitova was striking her ground strokes harder, scoring brilliantly with her inside-out forehand, and she closed out the second set with two aces in three points.
Kvitova got an early break but Barty broke back in a see-saw final set. Kvitova finished with a battery of attacks, which steamrollered 17 of the last 18 points, and won with an ace.