Kvitova battles past Buzarnescu to win first Prague title

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Petra Kvitova celebrates with the trophy after winning Prague Open final.

PRAGUE, May 5: Petra Kvitova won her third title of the year as she fought back from a set down to beat Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the Prague Open final on Saturday.
The Czech second seed got off to a flying start and took a 4-1 lead in the opening set but Buzarnescu battled back to break Kvitova’s dominance, winning the next five games to clinch the set.
Kvitova roared back in front of a raucous home crowd, using her powerful forehand to pin Buzarnescu back in the second set and broke the Romanian’s serve three times to force a decider.
The two-time Wimbledon champion, who was missed the Prague event last year due to a hand injury, maintained her momentum to win her home tournament in her first appearance in it.
The 28-year-old left-hander added to her triumphs in Petersburg and Doha this season.
Buzarnescu fell to a second WTA final defeat after losing out at the Hobart International final to Belgian Elise Mertens. (Agencies)