Petra Kvitova lifted the Qatar Total Open title for the second time in her career on Saturday. The Czech defeated Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-1 in merely 66 minutes to clinch the win. The two were taking each other on in a repeat of their 2018 final in Doha but the manner of Kvitova’s win was entirely different as compared to that final.
Qatar Total Open: Petra Kvitova makes quick work of Garbine Muguruza
The former world no. 2 was at her aggressive best against the Spaniard and disallowed her from playing her game. Muguruza was also let down by her serve. Although she put in 78% of her first serves, she only won 45% of her first-serve points.
In comparison, Kvitova put in 66% of her first serves and won about 64% of her first-serve points. Kvitova’s consistent serving also helped her save six of the seven break points she faced. Muguruza, on the other hand, was broken five times for the course of the match.
Kvitova hit a total of 11 winners and 17 unforced errors en route to her victory. With this win, Petra Kvitova also became the player with the most number of match wins in Doha. She’s won 20 matches at the Qatar Total Open, breaking the previously-held record of 19 wins – of two-time former finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova and Caroline Wozniacki.
This was Kvitova’s 28th career title in 38 finals. Kvitova also improved her clean-sheet of never having lost a match after having won the first set to 32-0. This is the two-time former Wimbledon champion’s first title in almost two years – going back to the 2019 Stuttgart Open.
Muguruza’s wait for her first title since the Monterrey Open in the same year. This title also helped Kvitova maintain her record of having won at least one title per season, going back to 2011. Photo Credit: Petra Kvitova Twitter