Tennis: Comeback queen Petra Kvitova wins Birmingham title

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova celebrating with the trophy after winning the Birmingham Classic final against Australia's Ashleigh Barty.
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova celebrating with the trophy after winning the Birmingham Classic final against Australia's Ashleigh Barty.PHOTO: REUTERS

Birmingham, United Kingdom (AFP) - Petra Kvitova clinched her first title in just her second tournament since returning from a career-threatening hand injury, defeating Australia's Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Sunday's Birmingham final.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova was sidelined for five months as she recovered from severe injuries to her left hand, suffered while fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home in the Czech Republic last December.

She returned at last month's French Open, losing in the second round, but will head to Wimbledon as a leading contender for the women's crown after landing her 20th career title.