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Miami Open: Petra Kvitova downs Elena Rybakina to seal title triumph and move back into world top 10


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Petra Kvitova assured her return to the highest 10 on this planet after seeing off Elena Rybakina to assert the Miami Open title.

The 33-year-old outgunned her opponent 7-6 (14) 6-2 to take her thirtieth profession win and reclaim a spot within the higher echelons of the WTA rankings once they replace on Monday.

Kvitova was final within the prime 10 in September 2021 and he or she proved she was worthy of the standing by seeing off a participant at the moment sitting seventh on the listing.

Rybakina carried a 13-match profitable streak into the ultimate however was unable to take a set off her Czech opponent.

The opening set took greater than 67 minutes because the pair pushed one another all the way in which to a tie-break that was finally settled 16-14 after a prolonged battle of wills.

Kvitova, who had served unsuccessfully for the set at 5-4 up, defended 5 set factors earlier than closing it out.

Elena Rybakina’s 13-match profitable streak was ended within the Miami Open last

With Rybakina’s resolve damaged, Kvitova reeled off the primary three video games to take a commanding lead within the second set.

The Kazakh saved a break level to avert dropping a fourth however couldn’t a lay a glove on Kvitova’s serve. A second break adopted at 5-2, sealing Kvitova’s triumph.

The loss ended Indian Wells champion Rybakina’s bid for the ‘Sunshine Double’ and snapped the reigning Wimbledon champion’s profitable run.

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