New Haven, CT (Sports Network) - Czech Petra Kvitova defeated Russian Maria
Kirilenko to win a final U.S. Open tune-up, the $637,000 New Haven Open at
The second-seeded Kvitova delivered seven aces en route to a 7-6 (11-9), 7-5
After outlasting Kirilenko in a marathon first set that lasted more than an
hour, Kvitova stormed back from a 5-2 deficit in the second set, winning five
straight games and the match.
The 22-year-old Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011, earned $107,000 for the
The triumph also marked Kvitova's ninth singles title and her second of 2012.
Seventh-seeded Kirilenko, who had defeated Kvitova in three of five previous
meetings, walked away with $57,000 as the runner-up.
The 25-year-old Kirilenko advanced to her first U.S. tour final when the
tournament's four-time defending champion, Caroline Wozniacki, was forced to
retire due to a knee injury on Friday.
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