Kvitova claims Aegon Classic six months after knife-attack

Petra Kvitova clinched the Aegon Classic title in Birmingham just six months after a career-threatening attack in her home.

Kvitova showed she will be a serious contender for a third Wimbledon title after beating Australian Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the Aegon Classic in Birmingham on Sunday in just her second tournament since returning from a knife attack injury.

Swinging freely from the baseline, the number seven seed struck 35 winners to just 25 unforced errors, smacking 13 aces and converting five of eight break point opportunities.

Speaking afterwards, Kvitova admitted she did not expect to win this week and was rather simply trying to spend as much time as possible on court.

"It was an amazing week, an amazing tournament,” she said.

“From my first hits on the grass I felt great, it was encouraging to get into the grass season.

"I came to play, to improve my game, I didn't really have any expectation.

“I wanted to play my best which I showed today and I hope I can keep doing that.”