Petra Kvitova defeated Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-4 to claim the inaugural Wuhan Open women’s singles title and grab her ticket for the WTA season-ending finals in Singapore next month.
The 24-year-old Czech needed just a break to close out the first set before racing on to a 5-2 lead in the second.
Bouchard’s first break extended the contest but the third seed finished off the match where the winner gets a title and joins Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep in the WTA finals field.
“From the beginning my season was really tough. If somebody told me at the Australian Open that I would win Wimbledon and still be fighting for Singapore, I’m not sure I would have believed them,” Kvitova replied when asked about her season turnaround during her run to the title in Wuhan.
“But I’ve had a great second part of the season. It all started a little bit at the French Open, and from there I just kept improving. I think early on I was expecting too much of myself, and it was really difficult to take the loss in my first round in Australia, but I kept working hard, and now I’m here.”
Kvitova, who also defeated Canadian Bouchard to clinch this year’s Wimbledon title, have qualified for her fourth consecutive WTA Finals, having achieved the feat in 2011 (winning the title), 2012 (falling in the round robin stage) and 2013 (reaching the semifinals).
The loss does not only halt 20-year-old Bouchard from claiming the biggest title of her career, it also delays her passage to Singapore.