Kvitova wins Aegon Classic final for 1st title since attack

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A single early break was enough for the world number 77 to win the opener but Kvitova cruised through the second set as she broke her opponent twice.

"Congratulations to Petra. You are an inspiration, a champion, we love you, we missed you and it is awesome to have you back on court", said Barty.

The Czech, playing in only her second tournament since she was stabbed by an intruder at her home in December, beat 21-year-old Australian Ashleigh Barty 4-6 6-3 6-3 in Birmingham.

"It's hard to say anything but I think I've been through a very difficult time in my life, and it wasn't about the tennis, but about coming back healthy and alive and moving my fingers properly and everything like that", Kvitova said.

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Petra Kvitova capped her remarkable comeback from a career-threatening hand injury by winning the Aegon Classic.

'This is clearly something special.

"It's some bonus to have my life and my career and everything".

Barty, who had taken time out from the sport to play cricket in the Women's Big Bash League, had pulled off an upset in the semi-final, beating Spain's Garbine Muguruza, the 2015 Wimbledon runner-up. But the 27-year-old Czech not only looked untroubled by her hand this week but also looked back to her best with her explosive serve often too much for Barty as she produced 13 aces.

"I was nervous, it wasn't the normal nerves as I had before", Kvitova said. "I think (it) will give me some extra confidence that I am still able to fight".

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Her punchy and tenacious approach was effective again, as she lost one point in her first four service games and took the first set with some comfort. Barty was off to a ideal start, dropping just 1 point in the first 4 service games, and she scored a break in the 3rd game to open up a 5-3 lead.

Kvitova clung on and the match changed course.

She already has five excellent wins on grass under her belt, with more match practice to come in Eastbourne this week. "I wanted to play my best which I showed today and I hope I can keep doing that".

But a fired-up Kvitova responded immediately as she blasted back from 40-0 down to reel off a series of winners and once again take control of the set.

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