WTA roundup: Kvitova wins eighth straight final
Fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic got all she could handle from unseeded Australian Ashleigh Barty before rallying to win the final of the Sydney International on Saturday.
Kvitova was blown away in the first set, then fell behind 0-3 in the third before pulling out the 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory, her eighth in a row in finals.
"I left everything out there, I was cramping in the end," Kvitova said after the two hour, 19 minute match. "It was such a great final, to be honest, I think. It was a big fight until the end. That's the way (a) final should be."
Kvitova, in winning her 26th career title, has now beaten Barty in all three of their matchups.
Kvitova will rise to No. 6 in the world rankings with the victory. She'll open Australian Open play against Magdaléna Rybáriková of Slovakia in Monday's opening round.
American Sofia Kenin, unseeded and ranked No. 56 in the world, beat Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3, 6-0 to win her maiden title on the Australian island of Tasmania.
"It might have looked easy, but every game was close and I knew I had to play well," Kenin said afterward.
Schmiedlova, also unseeded, was in her fifth final (three wins), while Kenin was in her first final.
Kenin, 20, now has beaten Schmiedlova, 24, in both of their meetings.
Kenin will rise 19 spots to No. 37 in the world when the new rankings are released. She faces Veronika Kudermetova of Russia at the Australian Open on Monday.
--Field Level Media
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