Elina Svitolina beats Petra Kvitova to win first leg of Berlin exhibition event



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Elina Svitolina beats Petra Kvitova to win first leg of Berlin exhibition event

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina defeated Czechwoman Petra Kvitova in the final of the exhibition event in Berlin on Friday.

Elina Svitolina beats Petra Kvitova in the final of the Berlin exhibition event

The World No. 5 Svitolina came from a set down to defeat the former World No.

2 Petra Kvitova in the final which was moved from grass courts to hard courts. The final was washed out on Wednesday on the grass courts in Berlin where the first leg of the tournament was scheduled and was rescheduled to the temporary hard court at Berlin's Tempelhof Hangar.

The event is being played with limited fans and other social distancing measures. As per the WTA Tour website, Svitolina defeated Kvitova 3-6, 6-1, 10-5 and commented, "I think it was a good match. I was expecting a tough one and I know that Petra is striking the ball very big, so I had to adapt my game a little bit.

I was moving much better and was anticipating a lot, and in general, everything came together. I was serving much better... in the second and in the tiebreak as well. I'm very happy with the match today and the two matches that I played here [so far] have been great.

It's a very different format than what we're used to playing, but definitely it's exciting for the players to get some matches." The two players will also be the top two seeds in the second leg of the event, which began on Friday as well with Andrea Petkovic beating fellow German Alexandra Vecic 6-2, 6-3, to set up a meeting with Kvitova.

Vecic was a replacement for Julia Goerges, who withdrew due to an ankle injury she suffered during the first leg of the event. Meanwhile, Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova scored a 6-1, 6-4 win over Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens to set up a clash against Svitolina, who also beat her in the first leg.

Elina Svitolina is a former World No. 3 and has won 14 WTA singles titles, including the 2018 WTA Finals, in her career so far. She reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships and followed it up with a second successive semifinal at the 2019 US Open.

Petra Kvitova has won 27 career singles titles, including the Wimbledon Championships in 2011 and in 2014. She also won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is currently ranked No. 12 in the world.