• Toray Pan Pacific Open

Kvitova topples Kerber in Tokyo

ESPN staff
September 28, 2013
Petra Kvitova clinched only her second title of the season © AP

Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Angelique Kerber 6-2 0-6 6-3 to win the Pan Pacific Open title.

The seventh-seed hit a cross-court forehand to the corner to close out the match in an hour and 39 minutes.

After failing to win a game in the second set, Kvitova recovered to take a 4-0 lead in the final set. Kerber then fought off three match points before Kvitova capitalised on her fourth attempt.

"I felt a little slower in the second set," Kvitova said. "I gave away a few easy points and she was waiting for that so I just told myself I had to be more aggressive in the third set, and that was the difference."

Kvitova, who stormed her way to the Wimbledon crown two years ago, won her 11th career title and second of the year. Kerber had been trying to win her first of the year and third overall.

Kvitova will move up to seventh in the world rankings from her current spot of 11th.

"It's always a great feeling if you win a title at a tournament," she said. "It means a lot for me because I know every year there is a great draw here."

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