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Kvitova outlasts Li at Montreal Masters for 1st title of season

Published on Aug 14, 2012 1:11 PM
 
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic poses with the winner's trophy after defeating Li Na of China in the single's final of the Rogers Cup at Uniprix Stadium on Aug 13, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Kvitova claimed her first title of 2012 as she won a battle of ex-grand slam champions, beating China's Li Na 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. -- PHOTO: AFP

MONTREAL (AFP) - Former Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova claimed her first title of 2012 as she won a battle of ex-grand slam champions, beating China's Li Na 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 at the Montreal Masters on Monday.

Kvitova, the fifth seed, rode a roller coaster in the 62-minute opening set which featured 17 break points between the error-prone pair with a dozen of those saved.

The momentum shifts were fast and frequent in the opener, with the 22-year-old Czech and her Chinese opponent, who won Roland Garros last season, exchanging the lead back and forth. Kvitova finally took the early lead on a fifth set point in a monster final game.

Dropping the first set seemed to spur on Li, 30, who had come from 5-1 down in her semi-final win over Lucie Safarova, and the 2011 Paris champion won a break at the start of the second set and went on to win it and level the match.

 
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