Kvitova wins Aegon Classic final for 1st title since attack

Kvitova was leading 6-1 1-0 at Birmingham when Safarova was forced to retire

At Aegon Classic, only the second tournament after her return to competition, she proved that she's not only back in action, but also back in winning, dropping only one set in the entire tournament and defeating an in-form Ashleigh Barty to win her first title in Birmingham.

Petra Kvitova may be enjoying a dream comeback after having her playing hand slashed by a home intruder but she insists she is not a contender for Wimbledon.

The on-court drama came later when Barty, a 21-year-old Australian who began the year ranked down at 271 in the world, showed such dexterity with grass court skills that she brought down the sixth-seeded former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Her last final on grass had been her triumph at Wimbledon three years ago against Eugenie Bouchard. In the victory, Kvitova won 80 percent of her first serve points and 80 percent of her second serve points.

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

Pushing Kvitova, she got her break on the second try, and always looked to be the aggressor in the first set, serving consistently while Kvitova struggled to find her range and her timing.

"I think she played very well", Muguruza said of Barty in her post-match press conference. "I think will give me some extra confidence that I am still able to fight, even if I lose the first set".

"I played great, I felt good from the start", said Federer.

She now has a shot at just her second WTA title against Kvitova.

Barty said she was delighted to have won through to the final of the tournament. I will not be sad if it's in a couple of weeks, but it's still a lot of work to do.

Winning in Birmingham prompted bookmakers to make the 27-year-old joint-favourite to secure the a third SW19 title alongside Karolina Pliskova.

Petra Kvitova took a big step forwards to convincing herself that she can make a full recovery when she reached the final of the Aegon Classic by outplaying her exhausted friend and Czech compatriot Lucie Safarova.

By now Kvitova was striking her ground strokes harder, scoring brilliantly with her inside-out forehand, and she closed out the second set with two aces in three points. "I just think that we know each other very well, and it's about a few tight points when you play a little bit better and the third thing that is making the difference in the end".

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