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Petra Kvitova clinched the WTA Championships with a 7-5 4-6 6-3 victory over Victoria Azarenka in Istanbul.

Petra Kvitova

Kvitova swept into a 5-0 lead but a resurgent Azarenka forced her to dig deep to earn the opener before winning the tussle for the second set. But Kvitova recovered from 0-40 adrift in the first game of the decider, broke in the next and did not look back. The victory moves the Czech ahead of Maria Sharapova to second in the world. “When I started this season we didn’t have a goal,” Kvitova said after her win. “We just wanted to improve my game and now I am number two and Wimbledon champion. It is just a dream.” The 21-year-old will also take home $1.75m (£1.1m) in prize money after rounding off an excellent season with a clean sweep of her round-robin matches en route to the final. It is her sixth title of the season, equalling the haul of Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki – the one woman ahead of her in the rankings.

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