Return Winners: the 2011 WTA Madrid final

Return Winners: the 2011 WTA Madrid final

Just after the three-set final won against Kiki Bertens in Madrid after nearly three hours, Petra Kvitova has announced a bad news for her fans.

The world number 20 will face either Petra Kvitova or Karolina Pliskova in the biggest match of her career on Saturday, after brushing aside Garcia 6-2, 6-2.Bertens, who had already stunned world number two Caroline Wozniacki and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova earlier in the week, started brightly and broke twice en route to the opening set.

Seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia also advanced to the final four after defeating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-3.

While their last match was a one-sided encounter that Kvitova won easily, this time around it was a different story, with Bertens providing a very stiff challenge.

Dutchwoman Bertens carved out the only break in the 7th game of the second set to level the contest. 'I didn't really expect that, even the same time previous year. Kvitova previously won Madrid in 2011 and 2015.

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova eliminated Russian Daria Kasatkina in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open 6-2, 6-0 and progressed to the semi-finals of the tournament. Even coming from Prague last week, I didn't think I could be in the final, winning another trophy. My body is exhausted as well, so I'm pretty surprised that my body handled it.

Further errors restored Kvitova's break lead and she successfully served out to love for her third Madrid Open title.

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"It was pretty hard for me to have a break in the third set and lose my serve", Kvitova said.

After both players recorded battling holds, Bertens ran off the final three games of the set.

"It feels great, it does not matter if it is the first, second or third title", Kvitova said.

I was really thinking that I can't do it any more. Winning three times here in Madrid, it means something.

"It really hurts right now", Bertens said.

For Bertens, she can console herself with the fact that she will rise to a career-high 15th in the world in Monday's WTA rankings. So I was very pleased with that.' Do you think you can win the French Open or that sounds completely insane?