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Kvitova wins Madrid Open title

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Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova kisses her trophy after winning against The Netherlands' Kiki Bertens in the Madrid Open tennis tournament final match in Madrid, Spain on Saturday.



Petra Kvitova won the Madrid Open title for the third time on Saturday with a marathon 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 6-3 victory over Kiki Bertens but dismissed talk of her as a potential Roland Garros champion as "crazy".
World number 10 Kvitova, who was also the champion in Madrid in 2011 and 2015, has now claimed four titles in 2018 after triumphs in St Petersburg, Doha and last weekend in Prague.
Victory, on a chilly, damp night in the Spanish capital, took Kvitova two hours and 51 minutes against a gutsy, unseeded Bertens who had knocked out former world number ones Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki on her way to the championship match.
In a big-hitting, roller-coaster of a final, Kvitova claimed her 24th career title on the back of 39 winners and 58 unforced errors.
"It feels sweet and weird as well," said 28-year-old Kvitova on becoming the first woman to win the Madrid title on three occasions.
"Even coming from Prague last week, I didn't think I could be in the final, winning trophies back-to-back. My body is exhausted as well, so I'm pretty surprised that my body handled it.
"Every title feels great. Winning three times here in Madrid, it means something. It's not really happening every day, so I'm very proud of myself."

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