Tokyo, Japan (4E Sports) – Seventh seed Petra Kvitova defeated fifth seed Angelique Kerber, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, in an all-lefty final to clinch her second WTA title of the year and 11th of her career Saturday at the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
Kvitova fired 17 winners to just five unforced errors to take the first set but her game went awry in the second, allowing Kerber to take the second set. However, the Czech stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the third set and never looked back.
“I’m very happy I could win this final today. For me the whole tournament was great – I felt good all week on the court. I really enjoyed my week here and it’s even better to come away with the title,” Kvitova said.
Kvitova now has 11 WTA titles to her name – one in 2009, six in 2011, two in 2012 (Montréal and New Haven) and two in 2013 (Dubai and Tokyo). She has an impressive 11-4 lifetime in WTA finals.
The win also moved Kvitova from No. 11 to No. 7 in the world ranking.
Kerber was playing her second WTA final of the year – she was also a runner-up at the International-level event in Monterrey in April (to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova). The German is now 2-5 in WTA finals.
On the men’s side, top seed Tomas Berdych and third seed Milos Raonic will face off for the Thailand Open title after winning their respective semifinal matches.
Berdych outlasted fourth seed Gilles Simon, prevailing 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-5. The Czech fired 20 aces in the match that lasted two hours and 55 minutes.
Canada’s No. 1 Raonic earned his revenge over second seed Richard Gasquet via a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win that lasted one hour and 51 minutes.
Raonic holds a 1-0 head-to-head advantage over Berdych, winning their only previous match, in Cincinnati in three sets.
In Kuala Lumpur, world No. 77 Joao Sousa and fifth seed Julien Benneteau will each vie for their maiden ATP World Tour title Sunday at the Malaysian Open.
Sousa became the first player from Portugal to reach an ATP World Tour final since 2010, by overcoming fourth seed Jurgen Melzer, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. The last player from the nation to reach a final was Frederico Gil in Oeiras, Portugal in May 2010.
France’s Benneteau defeated second seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-3 in their semifinal showdown, which lasted one hour and 18 minutes.