Tennis: Kvitova smothers Cibulkova in Wuhan to keep slim WTA Finals Singapore hopes alive

Petra Kvitova steamrolled Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1 to win tennis' Wuhan Open on Saturday (Oct 1).
Petra Kvitova steamrolled Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1 to win tennis' Wuhan Open on Saturday (Oct 1).PHOTO: REUTERS

WUHAN - Petra Kvitova continued her late-season charge to fight for a spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore, as she steamrolled Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1 to win tennis' Wuhan Open on Saturday (Oct 1).

Playing in just her first final of the season, the 26-year-old Czech was in ruthless form and took just 62 minutes to clinch her second title in Wuhan. She won the tournament's inaugural edition in 2014.

Kvitova barely needed to break a sweat under the closed roof on the centre court at the Optics Valley International Tennis Centre, as she dominated the contest with her powerful ground strokes from inside the baseline and her serve.

In the first set, the former world No. 2 dished out seven aces and won a perfect 100 per cent off her first service, while pummelling her Slovak opponent's serve and won 12 out of 13 points on the return.

The second set followed the exact same pattern as Cibulkova, the world No. 12, had no answer to an opponent who was firing winners from all corners of the court.

With the victory, Kvitova is expected to soar nine spots to No. 12 on the Road to Singapore leader board, putting herself in contention to snap up one of the remaining berths for the Oct 23-30 Finals, who will feature the top eight singles players and doubles pairs this year.

Kvitova was the runner-up at the season-ending elite tournament last year, losing to Agnieszka Radwanska in the final.