Petra Kvitova ends clay hoodoo with Prague Open success

Petra Kvitova
Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova won her third title of the season - and first on clay for three years - on home soil at the Prague Open.

The second seed recovered from a set down to defeat Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu 4-6 6-3 6-2 to give the tournament its third Czech winner in four years, after Karolina Pliskova and Lucie Safarova.

Kvitova, who has also won titles in St Petersburg and Doha this season, tweeted: "This trophy was one of the most emotional of my 23. The fans this week moved me to tears. All I can say is thank you everyone! Your support means everything and more."

Belgian Elise Mertens also won her third title in 2018 at the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat with a 6-2 7-6 (7/4) win against Ajla Tomljanovic.

Mertens, ranked 19th, is yet to lose a match on clay this season having also won a title in Lugano as well as two Fed Cup rubbers.

The first round got under way at the Madrid Open, where Venus Williams and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko were first-round casualties.

Fifth seed Ostapenko, who stunned the tennis world with her victory at Roland Garros last summer, fell 6-3 6-3 to Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu while eighth seed Williams was beaten 3-6 6-3 6-2 by Anett Kontaveit.

But there was plenty of success for the big names, with Elina Svitolina, Pliskova and Caroline Garcia all progressing.

Related tennis links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read

1

Sporting Life Accumulator

With the Sporting Life Acca landing again last weekend, we've got four selections this week all to win enhanced to 40/1 with Sky Bet.

Petticoat Tails is among Oli's selections2

Oli Bell's Best Bets

Oli Bell is backing Petticoat Tails to win at Cheltenham among his four selections for Prestbury Park and Doncaster on Saturday.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package
3

Saturday's Premier League tips

Mark your card for Saturday's 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League with the best bets, Super 6 predictions and top stats for each game.

Guitar Pete (left) represents the red-hot Nicky Richards team
4

Value Bet: Right in the Mix

Ben Linfoot seeks out the value in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and he's taking two against the field in the big Cheltenham handicap including one for Nicky Henderson.

The Sporting Life Team's best bets for Saturday 15 December
5

Saturday's Bets of the Day

We provide a snap-shot of our best bets for the weekend across a range of sports in one convenient place.

Most Read

1

Sporting Life Accumulator

With the Sporting Life Acca landing again last weekend, we've got four selections this week all to win enhanced to 40/1 with Sky Bet.

Petticoat Tails is among Oli's selections2

Oli Bell's Best Bets

Oli Bell is backing Petticoat Tails to win at Cheltenham among his four selections for Prestbury Park and Doncaster on Saturday.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package
3

Saturday's Premier League tips

Mark your card for Saturday's 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League with the best bets, Super 6 predictions and top stats for each game.

Guitar Pete (left) represents the red-hot Nicky Richards team
4

Value Bet: Right in the Mix

Ben Linfoot seeks out the value in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and he's taking two against the field in the big Cheltenham handicap including one for Nicky Henderson.

The Sporting Life Team's best bets for Saturday 15 December
5

Saturday's Bets of the Day

We provide a snap-shot of our best bets for the weekend across a range of sports in one convenient place.

Racing Tips

Don't miss the Saturday thoughts of Simon Holt

Simon Holt: Going for Gold

Simon Holt sticks with top weight Frodon as he looks to point you in the right direction of a few winners on Saturday.

Daily Nap: A good Account

Matt Brocklebank heads to Carlisle on Sunday with a young Donald McCain representative given the confident vote.

Ashley Iveson previews the action on Saturday

Saturday's racing preview

Ashley Iveson makes Guitar Pete his best Saturday bet and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Next Race Off

15:00 Fairyhouse
2
(0)
Brosna George
J: P Townend
6
(0)
Goodnightngodbless
J: M P Walsh
16
(0)
Krujers Girl
J: C J Orr

Football Tips

Sporting Life Accumulator

With the Sporting Life Acca landing again last weekend, we've got four selections this week all to win enhanced to 40/1 with Sky Bet.

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package

Saturday's Premier League tips

Mark your card for Saturday's 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League with the best bets, Super 6 predictions and top stats for each game.

Our best bets for the latest Sky Bet EFL action

Sky Bet EFL betting preview

Following a 16/1 winning tip in the Europa League, Tom Carnduff has found three best goalscorer bets to back in the Sky Bet Championship.