Kvitova defeats Errani to win Dubai title

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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 23 at 11:35 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Petra Kvitova won her first title in six months when she beat Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the Dubai Championships final on Saturday.

Kvitova also beat the Italian en route to her previous title — her ninth — in New Haven on the eve of the U.S. Open in August.

But this was the toughest match for the eighth-ranked Kvitova against No. 7 Errani.

Errani lost the first four points and her serve, and Kvitova easily won the first set.

The Czech appeared to lose her focus in the second set, committing consecutive double-faults and winning just one game. Errani charged the net and surprised Kvitova with drop shots.

In the third, Kvitova recovered enough to stave off break points in her second service game and put away Errani.

Errani also reached the indoor final in Paris. She and Roberta Vinci, whom she beat in the semifinals, won the Australian Open doubles title.

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