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Kvitova picks up title No.15 in Sydney
Petra Kvitova powered her way to her first Apia International Sydney trophy with a hard-fought victory over rising compatriot Karolina Pliskova in Friday night’s women’s final. The two-time Wimbledon champion outclassed Pliskova 7-6(5) 7-6(6) in the first all-Czech final at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
Q. There was expectation on you heading to Melbourne anyway, but now really winning Sydney, how does it all fit with you?
PETRA KVITOVA: It’s always great to play the final. The better feeling is to win in the final.
I’m just glad how I played today. I mean, it was very a tough match to really handle it everything. Two tiebreakers, it’s always very difficult. Karolina played really well and she served very well, and, you know, was really difficult.
I miss few of the rallies and the shots was just really amazing. And I’m just glad that I played what I had to play today and finally I won in the tiebreak.
Q. (Question regarding the Australian Open draw.)
PETRA KVITOVA: I just know that I’m playing qualifier in Melbourne on Tuesday. That’s it what I know, so I don’t need anything more. Please don’t tell me.
Q. Talk about the tiebreaks, which were very close. At the end you decided to be aggressive and that’s how you grabbed it, huh?
PETRA KVITOVA: Actually, both of them was really tight. First one was like about one, two points. I was lucky in the end. I think the first one was really about one point, but the second one I was leading quite a lot.
But, yeah, she came back. I didn’t really play probably what I had to play at that time. I was little bit scary maybe, or I maybe thought it’s going to be over soon but it wasn’t. There was still two points. It’s tennis. I don’t know why I didn’t play, but…
She came back and she played really good shots in the moment. She served well then the two points, and it was again she was on the board.
Yeah, finally my forehand down the line paid.