The inaugural Premier 5 event in Wuhan ended with a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final: third seeded Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, defeated sixth seeded Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, in straight sets — 6-3 6-4. The match lasted one hour and twenty minutes.
This was Kvitova’s third title of the year and the fourteenth of her career. The win not only earned her $441,000 in prize money, but also 900 ranking points to gain her a spot in the year end championship. Kvitova is the fourth to qualify in the Race to Singapore. She follows Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Simona Halep. There are four more spots yet to be filled.
Bouchard had no answers for Kvitova’s big lefty serve and forehand. Broken early at the beginning of each set, the Canadian was broken a total of three times, yet was only able to break the Czech’s serve once. This is the third straight loss of her career to Kvitova. However, on the strength of her appearance in the final of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, Bouchard will advance to No. 7 in the WTA rankings, bringing her one step closer to Singapore. The year end appearance will be the first for the 20-year-old, who is currently the youngest in the Top 10.
Cover Photo (Creative Commons License): Kiu Kaffi