Kvitova wins Aegon Classic final for 1st title since attack

Kvitova wins Aegon Classic final for 1st title since attack

Petra Kvitova completed an emotional Aegon Classic victory to seal her first WTA Tour title since being subjected to a career-threatening knife attack a year ago.

But in a stunning performance against Barty, Kvitova battled back from losing the first set and stepped up in the second half of the decider to seal victory. "It was just about one or two points and one or two breaks", said Kvitova.

ASHLEIGH Barty will ride a huge wave of confidence on Sunday night (AEST) when she attempts to land her second clean sweep of an increasingly memorable comeback. "I think that my game should be same as every other day, to play fast and aggressive and to show my serve again, and I hope it will help me again".

She then decided to make her return to the tennis court 12 months ago at the 50k ITF tournament in Eastbourne where she managed to reach the semi-finals.

"This is something clearly special".

"It was just nice to get a couple of good matches and it's nice to be able to come up against top players leading into a slam (Wimbledon) and try and test myself against the world's best", Barty said.

"It's some bonus to have my life and my career and everything". "I couldn't play for five or six months and I missed it".

"I couldn't have imagined to have a better comeback than I am having now. So I have to say I'm kind of proud of myself that I did it today".

Barty won her first career title in March in Kuala Lumpur, and became the first Australian finalist here in 25 years.

But Kvitova settled into her rhythm in the second, taking a 5-1 lead before stuttering a little at the end of the set with two double-faults handing her opponent a break. Zverev created his only break chance in the opening game of the second, but was unable to capitalize.

Federer, who skipped the claycourt season after winning the Miami Open in early April, claimed his fourth title of the year, matching Rafael Nadal's tally, and he will be seeded ahead of his Spanish rival for Wimbledon, which starts in eight days.

But a fired-up Kvitova responded immediately as she blasted back from 40-0 down to reel off a series of winners and once again take control of the set.

Kvitova advanced when Lucie Safarova retired with a right leg injury when trailing 6-1 1-0.

"It's so awesome to have Petra back on the court".

Barty was ebullient. "I executed exactly the way I wanted to", she said.

"I am enjoying playing again", she told the BBC.

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