Petra Kvitova came from a set down against Garbiñe Muguruza to lift her first ever Qatar Total Open crown with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Muguruza raced into a 5-0 lead in the first set, and the Spanish player looked in control. However, two late breaks of service from Kvitova certainly showed that the contest was not over just yet. The Czech player has won twelve straight games coming into the contest, including a come from behind victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals.
The second set was Kvitova find her range and a break of service at 4-2 ensured that the tie was levelled at a set apiece. The momentum was fully with the Czech competitor, and her forehands were increasingly finding their mark. Despite not playing a semi-final it was Muguruza who seemed to tire and a knee injury in the third set certainly slowed the Spaniard's progress.
An early break of service in the third was enough for Kvitova, and she masterfully held her serve to seal the Qatar Total Open crown for the first time in her career. The victory also means that Petra Kvitova moves into the top 10.
3-6, 6-3, 4-6* Game, set match Kvitova! Muguruza nets a forehand and Petra Kvitova wins back to back titles and her 13th straight game. What a fabulous comeback from the Czech player. She will now lift that Golden falcon trophy.
3-6, 6-3, 4-5* Muguruza holds her service, aided by a good Hawkeye challenge. Now Kvitova has the chance to serve for the championship.
3-6, 6-3, 3-5* The Czech star holds her serve, the tie is swinging in her favour.
3-6, 6-3, *3-4 What knee problem? Muguruza holds her serve with a fine lob. Big confidence booster for the Spaniard.
3-6, 6-3, 2-4* We are back underway, The Spaniard seems to be moving okay, Kvitova saves a break point. She is two games away from winning the Qatar Total Open
3-6, 6-3,*2-3 It's a medical timeout. Muguruza is getting her left knee bandaged up. It's not looking good.
3-6, 6-3,*2-3 Break for Kvitova! A timely break for the Czech star! Meanwhile, Muguruza has called for the medic looks like a knee injury.
3-6, 6-3,2-2* Fantastic tennis from Kvitova, who faced a break point during the game. Two Aces and a swinging forehand helped the Czech hold serve.
3-6, 6-3,*2-1 A big hold for the Spaniard, who was 40-0 up at one point, Kvitova fought back to deuce but Muguruza showed composure to win the point
3-6, 6-3, 1-1* Kvitova responds with a comfortable hold.
3-6, 6-3,*1-0 Muguruza holds firm, taking the first game of the third set with a backhand helping her take the game.
3-6, 6-3* Kvitova has the second set! Momentum has to be with the Czech star, a timely break of service certainly helped. All to play for as we go to the third set in Doha! Game on!
3-6, 5-3* Muguruza wins the game, Kvitova stops the contest to challenge for a ball, it was just in. Spaniard serves out to keep the set alive... just.
3-6, *5-2 An important hold of service for Kvitova. World number 4 Muguruza tested her opponent in that game, but the Czech star superior shot placement gives her the win. She is a game away from taking this to a third set.
3-6, 4-2* A huge break from Kvitova, is the second set going in her favour? She converts a third break point with an accurate backhand that leaves Muguruza reeling.
3-6, *3-2 A gutsy hold of service from Kvitova, who was break point down at one stage. A backhand settles the point for the Czech star
3-6, 2-2* Muguruza is impressing with her serve. Honors even at 2-2
3-6, *2-1 Important hold of service from Kvitova, who saves a break point at 30-40. A slice and an ace gave the game to the Czech, this final is warming up nicely.
3-6, 1-1* The Spaniard holds her service, Kvitova sees her forehand go wide to give Muguruza the win.
3-6, *1-0 Kvitova holds her serve. A better start to the second set from the Czech star
A blistering set from the Spaniard- Check out the first set highlights above!
3-6* Muguruza takes the set, with a shot that skims the baseline. Kvitova rallied after a poor start the second set should be interesting.
*3-5 This set ain't over yet! Kvitova wins her third straight game with a fine forehand down the line. Muguruza is serving for the set, can she put this to bed?
2-5* Break of service for Kvitova. Muguruza nets a forehand to give the Czech star a foothold in the tie, another break is needed to keep this set alive.
*1-5 Kvitova is up and running! To a big cheer from the Doha crowd.
0-5* Another win for Muguruza winning the final three points of the game from 30-15 down. Well in control of the first set
*0-4 Kvitova looks tired, two double-faults have handed Muguruza another break of service.
0-3* It's all about Muguruza at the minute, 3 games 3 victories for the former world number 1.
*0-2 Dream start for the Spaniard, she has settled well. An early break of service for Muguruza is settled with a strong backhand finish
0-1* Muguruza holds her serve, although Kvitova landed two fine forehands to test the Spaniard.
Here we go! Muguruza won the toss and has chosen to serve! Remember * denotes the Server!
Kvitova has been on fire lately, not registering a defeat since the Australian Open. Can the Czech star continue her impressive 2018 by winning the Qatar Total Open this evening?
Petra Kvitova’s last loss was a 10-8 in the third defeat to Petkovic in the first round @AustralianOpen.— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) February 17, 2018
Minutes away from the walk on! WTA insider has fired out an interesting stat on the two stars.
Petra Kvitova was the first major champion born in the 1990s when she won 2011 Wimbledon.— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) February 18, 2018
Garbiñe Muguruza was the second major champion born in the 1990s when she won 2016 Roland Garros.
We have a Twitter update! This one is from beIN SPORTS roving reporter Kate Mason. She seems to be routing for Kvitova today!
She did win though! And boy was @Petra_Kvitova charming to talk to afterwards, despite it being way past midnight 😱 Top @qatartennis @Total Open final up in 30: 4️⃣ slam titles on court as Muguruza meets Kvitova on @beINSPORTS 😍💪🏼🎾 #qataropen #wta pic.twitter.com/cj3qSRQQ5B— Kate Mason (@kvlmason) February 18, 2018
Welcome to the live coverage of the Qatar Total Open between Petra Kvitova & Garbiñe Muguruza. Ahead of the match which is scheduled for 6:00 pm Doha time.
Just to get you in the mood, let's have a look at the two competitors in this opening video.
Head to Head
Kvitova has a 3-1 lead over Muguruza based on their previous meetings and has won the last three games against the Spaniard. Petra Kvitova is looking to claim her 22nd career title, following up her success at St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy earlier this month. As for Muguruza, she is aiming for her sixth career title, with her last title coming in Cincinnati last year.
Petra Kvitova showed plenty of spirit in battling back from a set down to defeat world number one Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 7-6 7-5 in her semi-final. Whilst Garbiñe Muguruza was given a free pass to the final after number two seed Simona Halep retired following her quarterfinal victory over American youngster Cici Bellis. Tiredness could prove to be a decisive factor in the final, especially with Kvitova playing a three-set thriller against Wozniacki only last night,