1 October 2016
Petra Kvitova picked up her second Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open title in three years with an unstoppable performance to beat Dominika Cibulkova 61 61 in Saturday’s final in the central Chinese city.
“It's great for sure to win it for a second time. I'm happy for that, how I played all week. I think it was amazing really,” said Kvitova, who also won the WTA Premier 5 title in 2014, in the tournament’s first year. “I do like Wuhan, for sure. I don't know especially why. But from the first year I played here, I did really feel like home.”
Kvitova took time to remember her friend Li Na, who is from Wuhan and is an ambassador for the tournament. “It’s for sure because of Li Na, as well. I know how she loves Wuhan, as well. I think the fans are great because of her as well.
“I do like the conditions here, as well. I do feel that it's little bit like faster, if I can say. I really can play my game here. I'm not really sure why, but I do feel great. I mean, everything around, like the organisation, accommodation is great. We have a beautiful hotel. It's just great venue for us. I always love to playing here.”
Cibulkova admitted that she was overpowered by the two-time Wimbledon champion. “She was just really hitting everything full power. She was just serving really well, going for returns. I couldn't really play my game that I played during this week,” said Cibulkova. “I Couldn’t get in the long rallies or in the rhythm because she didn't let me. She was really powerful from the first strokes. That's how she overpowered me today."
This week has taken Cibulkova to a career high ranking of No.8 and kept alive her hopes of making the eight-player field for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore. “You know, it's amazing. That's why I said I see the big picture. I never played well in Asia these last tournaments of the year. This is for me my first time in the career when I was still able to play a great tennis in the end of the season where everybody's really tired. So this means for me really, really a lot. I'm not thinking about Singapore that much because that would be a dream come true if I would get there. I don't want to make too much pressure on myself.”
Kvitova earned (US)$471,700 for winning the title; Cibulkova earned US$235,520
Kvitova earned 900 ranking points; Cibulkova earned 500
Kvitova is almost certain to rise since to No.11 in the WTA Rankings with this victory (16 before the tournament); Cibulkova will reach a career high of No.8 (12 before)
This was Kvitova’s first title since New Haven in August 2015
Kvitova now has a 12-1 win-loss record in Wuhan
Kvitova defeated five Top 20 players this week - Elina Svitolina (18), Kerber (1), Konta (13), Halep (5), Cibulkova (12)
This was Kvitova’s biggest title since Madrid 2015
Kvitova is without a coach, was accompanied by fitness trainer David Vydra here
Kvitova’s match against Kerber lasted three hours and 19 minutes
Bettanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the doubles title with a 61 64 win over Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova in the final. The win secured a place in the BNP Paribas WTA FInals for Mattek-Sands and Safarova and added to the title they won at the US Open last month.
2016 DONGFENG MOTOR WUHAN OPEN - WUHAN, CHN
25 SEPTEMBER-01 OCTOBER 2016
RESULTS - OCTOBER 01, 2016
Women's Singles - Final
 P. Kvitova (CZE) d  D. Cibulkova (SVK) 61 61
Doubles - Final
 B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d  S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) 61 64
The Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open takes place between 23 September and 01 October 2016. For more information and to buy tickets visit: www.wuhanopen.org