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Kvitova wins Doha final to return to top 10

Kvitova wins Doha final to return to top 10

That was despite spending nearly twice as long on court in Doha as Muguruza, who received a first-round bye and and benefited from a semi-final walkover after Simona Halep's withdrawal.

The duo saved a break point in the opening game, but did not face another for the remainder of the set.

The first set was horrendous from Kvitova, who hit just four winners alongside a scary amount of 15 unforced errors together with an additional four double-faults.

Kvitova had reached the final by defeating Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in Saturday's semifinals. However, Kvitova's play was completely disastrous with countless unforced errors leaking off her game.

Wozniacki took the first break of the match at 4-2, but was broken right back by Kvitova.

Victory seemed unlikely after Kvitova lost the first five games of the match, then gave up break points in three separate services games in the second set.

Last night at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Kvitova displayed her never-say-die attitude in abundance as she continued her remarkable turnaround by clinching her maiden Qatar Total Open title. Muguruza took a medical timeout, receiving treatment on her left knee, but Kvitova held strong, taking the championship match 3-6 6-3 6-4. But Kvitova didn't let it get away from her, saving her best tennis for last to close out the battle. The 27-year-old Czech belted 50 winners to Wozniacki's 14.

If she wins the final, Kvitova could go back into the top ten in the rankings.

It was Kvitova's 22nd career title and came two weeks after she triumphed in St. Petersburg.

"I couldn't really dream about it one year ago when I was in a totally different position, trying to come back and play". He said that I didn't have enough time to recover. "She has a very good first, second shot, so it's always tricky to find your game or your rhythm", she said.

"That's why I came back, to try to have great results in the Grand Slams and the big tournaments", said Kvitova, after sealing her return into the world's top 10 for the first time since a horrific knife attack at her home in December 2016 left her with an injured hand.

Meanwhile, Gabriela Dabrowski and Jelena Ostapenko made it to their maiden final as a pair in the doubles. It is the fourth time they will have met in a semi-final, the Czech winning all three previous encounters.

Dabrowski and Ostapenko were awaiting the winners of the other semi-final between Monique Adamczak and Lyudmyla Kichenok, and No.8 seeds Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who were playing a late match last night.

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