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Kvitova Lifts Madrid Title

Petra Kvitova swept to a second Madrid Open title and put her recent struggles behind her when she thumped an ailing Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-2 in a hopelessly onesided final yesterday.

Champion on the clay at the premier event in 2011, the Czech fourth seed’s powerful ground strokes were far too much to handle for the unseeded Kuznetsova, a former world number two who was hampered by a thigh problem. Kuznetsova took a medical timeout after losing the opening set and returned to the court with strapping on her left thigh before Kvitova, who dispatched world number one Serena Williams in the last four, finished her off in a little over an hour.

“It was an amazing week for me and I am really happy to win for a second time on this beautiful court,” Kvitova told fans at the futuristic Magic Box arena. “I know that Svetlana wasn’t ready properly and I don’t think she is feeling very well so I wish her good luck,” added the 25-year-old from Bilovec

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