Kvitova captures 3rd Madrid title

Karolina Pliskova in action on Thursday

The other semi-final will see France's Caroline Garcia, who beat Spain's Carla Suarez 6-2, 6-3, play Dutch Kiki Bertens, who beat Russia's Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The Czech adds to her 2011 and 2015 triumphs in the Spanish capital, while it's also her fourth tournament win of the year, and biggest since returning to the WTA Tour after a knife attack in December 2016.

Petra Kvitova became the first woman to win three Madrid Open titles after edging a titanic tussle against Kiki Bertens in the final.

The 26-year-old Dutch player dug deep in the second set as Kvitova started to look more and more exhausted and errors started to creep into her game.

Bertens had only won one game in the pair's sole previous meeting at Wimbledon in 2015, but she maintained a challenge on this occasion and broke in front in the second set, holding out to draw level in the match. I'm pretty surprised that the body just handle it somehow.

However, Bertens' resolve ended there, as Kvitova broke once again before serving to love to pick up her 24th career singles title.


"I didn't really expect that, even the same time a year ago".

"Every title feels great. A Masters 1000 title would mean a lot to me because it's obviously really tough to win one", Thiem said. "It's not really happening every day, so I'm very proud of myself", the Czech star was quoted as saying on the WTA's website.

Coming off a successful title defence in Munich last week, Zverev had faced just one break point all week before Saturday and was never troubled by Shapovalov who will at least have the consolation of breaking the world's top 30 for the first time next week. She served out for the championship.

"I will try everything on Sunday".

Following the match, Bertens said: "I'm really happy with the way I played. If he keeps going like this, soon enough he's going to be winning Grand Slams". It's different attitude, different balls, whatever. I don't know, I don't want to put any pressure on me in a way.

Undeterred, Bertens grabbed a service break in the seventh game of the second set and went on to force a decider. I don't know. It probably was the same like today, or playing Muguruza in Doha, Buzarnescu in Prague. It was a big fight.

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