We’re in late April and Petra Kvitova finally snapped the WTA streak of a new champion at every tournament this season by defeating Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix for her second title in 2019 and 27th in career.
The third-seeded Kvitova saved two break points in her opening service game and never again was her serve endangered in the first set. Kvitova broke Kontaveit in the sixth game to earn a 4-2 lead, which she capitalized on three games later.
Kontaveit, seeded eighth, surged ahead 3-1 in the second set and even though Kvitova broke back right away, it was the Czech who had to play catch-up throughout the set. Kvitova saved two set points to hold to 5-5 but in the tiebreak that followed she was way more dominant and won her first Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title with a 6-3 7-6(2) victory, earning a comeback to her career-high ranking of No.2.
The 29-year-old Kvitova, who triumphed at the Sydney International at the start of the season, has now become the first WTA player to have won two titles this year, ending the historic streak at 18.
To claim the Premier-level title and drive off in the blue Porsche, after a first-round bye Kvitova defeated Greet Minnen in the second round, seventh seed Anastasija Sevastova in the quarterfinals, sixth seed Kiki Bertens in the semis, and finally Estonia’s Kontaveit.