Kvitova beats Muguruza in thrilling Doha final

Tennis Kvitova beats Muguruza in Qatar final to get back into top 10

Muguruza came back from 15-40 down in the seventh game, making it 3-4 with a stunning lob shot, but Kvitova did not lose her next two service games to secure her 22nd title.

The victory also sees her return to the top 10 for the first time since the horrific knife attack she suffered at the hands of an intruder at her apartment in Prostejov, Czech Republic. "I just came to play and I was insane a little bit in my mind and I was playing it everywhere", said a jubilant Kvitova afterwards about her comeback.She hit 50 winners, many from her powerful forehand, and her victory was the third she has recorded this week in Doha over a member of the world's top 10.

"It's a very special feeling to be back", said the world number 21. Another tricky game followed for Kvitova, and this time she fired bullet-line winners to fend off another two break points, which proved pivotal in deciding the match outcome.

Meanwhile, Germany's Julia Georges was forced to retire through injury when she was 6-4, 2-1 down to Petra Kvitova. He said that I didn't have enough time to recover. I couldn't wish for more.

Kvitova rattled off three straight games to cut the gap to 5-3, only for her to misjudge a deep Muguruza forehand and surrender the set.

"I couldn't really dream about it one year ago when I was in a totally different position, trying to come back and play".

A second gutsy hold of the set was required in the fifth game before an outstanding backhand to the corner of the baseline gave Kvitova the break and a 4-2 advantage.

Kvitova beats Wozniacki in Doha semi-final
Kvitova reigns supreme in Qatar to clinch top 10 spot

Kvitova looked spent from the beginning of the match, going down 0-5 before getting a game on the board.

The lefty, who turns 28 in a few weeks, appeared to hit empty on the gas tank in Sunday's final against Garbine Muguruza, trailing a quick 5-0 after an exhausting semifinal victory over World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.

"I withdraw because I can not play anymore and it's going to be unsafe if I force it", she told reporters. However, it was just too late to produce the comeback as Muguruza regrouped well, serving out the set to love on the second occasion. In the second set it was more what I was expecting, a tough match. It soon became 4-2 to Kvitova as she converted her third break point from Muguruza's serve. I think I had a lot of break points, and I didn't convert them.

Muguruza finished the game with heavy strapping on her left knee but was hopeful there was no serious problem afterwards.

The world number four had chances again in the third set, with three break points in the fourth game, but could not capitalise and Kvitova seized control to claim the title.

"That's why I came back, to try to have great results in the Grand Slams and the big tournaments", she said.

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