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Petra Kvitova has claimed her first title since winning Wimbledon with victory over Dominika Cibulkova in the Genarali Ladies final on Sunday.

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 The fourth-ranked Czech has struggled with her form since claiming her first Grand Slam title at the All England Club back in June. But she bounced back in style to beat seventh-seeded Cibulkova 6-4 6-1 in 90 minutes and clinch her fifth title of the season and sixth overall. Kvitova broke her Slovakian opponent’s serve six times during the match in Linz, Austria, a tournament she only decided to enter at short notice. The Czech took Cibulkova’s serve in the opening game and dominated her own service games until the eighth game, when Cibulkova broke to level the first set at 4-4. Kvitova however broke back in the next game and served out the set to grab a 1-0 lead before easing through the second set to take the match. The 21-year-old is the first Czech to win the tournament since Jana Novotna in 1998, who was also the winner at Wimbledon that same year. “Dominika has played really this week and many games were close today,” said Kvitova. “I am not thinking about my ranking. I am just working on my tennis to get better and better.” Cibulkova, who along with 16th-ranked Peng Shuai is the only player in the current top 30 without a WTA title, was appearing in her first final since Montreal in 2008. “It was a great week for me. It feels good that I finally got into a final again,” she said.

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