Back in business: Petra Kvitova ends long title wait with Wuhan Open demolition of Dominika Cibulkova

The former world number two beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1 in just over one hour

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 October, 2016, 5:19pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 October, 2016, 7:20pm

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova overpowered Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1 to win the Wuhan Open on Saturday to claim her first title of the season.

The former world number two, whose uneven season has seen her fall to 16th in the world rankings, dropped just two games and hit nine aces to bag her first title since August 2015 and second crown at Wuhan in just over one hour.

The first point of the match went to Cibulkova, but Kvitova then dominated for the next three games until the Czech double faulted to concede the fourth.

The Olympic bronze medallist bagged the first set on an ace, which was her seventh of the match.

Kvitova was two points up in the second when Cibulkova held her service game to take the score to 2-1.

Watch: Wuhan Open final highlights

But the Czech towered over her opponent for the rest of the match, breaking her serve to snatch the title on the first match point.

“Wuhan, it’s really one of my favourite cities,” Kvitova said.

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

Despite her heavy defeat, Cibulkova will move up to a career-high eighth in the world rankings when they are released on Monday, while Kvitova will climb up to 11th.