Kvitova thrashes Cibulkova to claim Wuhan Open

Petra Kvitova won her first title of the year with a dominant 6-1 6-1 victory over Dominika Cibulkova in the final of the Wuhan Open.

Kvitova won the inaugural tournament in 2014, and ended a 13-month drought for a title thanks to nine aces and a ruthless conversion of six of seven break points.

After the Czech won 17 of the first 18 points, Cibulkova broke in the fifth game of the first set, but could not stop her opponent’s momentum carrying into the second.

The 26-year-old moves up to 11th in the world rankings thanks to her victory, which was her fifth win over a top 20 player this week.

“Wuhan, it’s really one of my favorite cities,” said Kvitova, who eliminated top-ranked Angelique Kerber in the third round.

“It was a great crowd as well, there were some incredible matches for me and I’m really happy that I can stand here as a champion again.”