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Petra Kvitova beats Garbine Muguruza to clinch Qatar Open title

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Czech Petra Kvitova recorded her 13th consecutive victory by beating Spaniard Garbine Muguruza to win the Qatar Open title in Doha.

The Czech 16th seed bounced back from an opening set loss to win 3-6 6-3 6-4 for her second title of 2018 – her first being at St Petersburg  two weeks ago.

The 27-year-old Czech is continuing her comeback following six months out after a knife attack at her home in December 2016.

“It’s a very special feeling to be back,” Kvitova said.

“I remember sometime last year when I was asked about this, I couldn’t even dream of it.”

It was Kvitova’s fourth win over a top-10 player in Doha this week, after victories against Caroline Wozniacki, Julia Goerges and Elina Svitolina.

And that was despite spending almost 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.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova will be elevated 11 places when the rankings are confirmed on Monday, while Muguruza will rise one place to third.

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