Petra Kvitova assured her return to the highest 10 on the earth after seeing off Elena Rybakina to say the Miami Open title.
The 33-year-old outgunned her opponent 7-6 (14) 6-2 to take her thirtieth profession win and reclaim a spot within the higher echelons of the WTA rankings once they replace on Monday.
Kvitova was final within the prime 10 in September 2021 and she or he proved she was worthy of the standing by seeing off a participant at present sitting seventh on the record.
Rybakina carried a 13-match successful streak into the ultimate however was unable to take a set off her Czech opponent.
The opening set took greater than 67 minutes because the pair pushed one another all the way in which to a tie-break that was ultimately settled 16-14 after a prolonged battle of wills.
Kvitova, who had served unsuccessfully for the set at 5-4 up, defended 5 set factors earlier than closing it out.
With Rybakina’s resolve damaged, Kvitova reeled off the primary three video games to take a commanding lead within the second set.
The Kazakh saved a break level to avert dropping a fourth however couldn’t a lay a glove on Kvitova’s serve. A second break adopted at 5-2, sealing Kvitova’s triumph.
The loss ended Indian Wells champion Rybakina’s bid for the ‘Sunshine Double’ and snapped the reigning Wimbledon champion’s successful run.