WTA Katowice Gallery: Vinci Defeats Kvitova in Straights, Claims 8th Title

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Robert Vinci defeats Petra Kvitova in the inaugural BNP Paribas Katowice Open

KATOWICE (April 14, 2013) — After a grueling 69-minute first set that went to a tiebreak, it was the Italian Roberta Vinci who came out victorious over world No. 8 Petra Kvitova, and cruised to a 6-1 second set capturing her eighth career title. On Monday, the 30-year-old will rise to a new career-high ranking of No. 12, as she improves her finals record to 8-1.

“I played a really good game today,” Vinci said after the match. “Petra was playing very well and very aggressively in the first set, getting a lot of first serves in, but I stayed with her and won the tie-break, and things were better in the second set, probably because she was a little bit tired. But everything was working for me all week. I’m happy I was able to beat such a tough opponent and win this title.”

“It was a very tough match against Roberta today,” Kvitova said. “I started pretty slowly at the beginning of the match and I was always the second player on the court because she was dictating everything out there – she plays very well on the clay. I also felt a little bit without energy. But she was the better player on the court for sure and she really deserved to win the title here in Katowice.”

They two will most likely meet in next weekend’s Fed Cup tie as Italy is scheduled to take on the Czech Republic, so another blockbuster match could soon again occur.

In the doubles final, the Spanish team of Lara Arruabarrena and Lourdes Dominguez Lino defeated the pairing of Raluca Olaru and Valeria Solovyeva, 6-4, 7-5.

Photo gallery from the finals and ceremonies by Tennis Grandstand photographer Rick Gleijm below. (Singles ceremony on page 2)

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