Second seed Petra Kvitova won two tiebreaks and battled past fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova in the final of the 2015 Apia International Sydney on Ken Rosewall Arena. The Waterford Crystal trophy is the 15th champion’s trophy in Kvitova career and came in her 15th straight victory over a Czech player.
The first set finished in a tough tiebreak won by Kvitova, but it started with Pliskova’s 2-0 lead that included a break of Kvitova’s serve in the first game and a hold to love. Pliskova was leading all the way to 5-3, when Kvitova won three games in a row to go up for the first time in this match, 6-5. Pliskova responded with a love hold, but Kvitova prevailed in the tiebreak. The fourth-ranked Kvitova was the first to go up a break in the second set, but even though she consolidated it for a 3-1 lead, she gave it away later on and we were again treated with a tiebreak. Eventually, it was the more experienced Kvitova who celebrated 7-6(5) 7-6(6).
Despite the loss, Pliskova’s week has been more than successful — she made her first Premier-level quarterfinals, and then her first big semis, and afterwards even the final. The world No.22 Pliskova will now crack the Top 20 for the first time, which means that next week she will have climbed more than 50 spots in a one-year period.