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Kvitova beats Kirilenko for New Haven title

NEW HAVEN, CT - AUGUST 25: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates winning the first set against Maria Kirilenko of Russia during the final of the New Haven Open at Yale at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on August 25, 2012 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP)  - Petra Kvitova beat Maria Kirilenko 7-6 (9), 7-5 on Saturday to win the New Haven Open, the Czech star's second WTA tournament title in three weeks.

The second-seeded Kvitova trailed 5-2 in the second set, before reeling off five consecutive games for the victory that avenged a loss to the Russian in the Olympic quarterfinals.

The fifth-ranked player in the world improved to 22-5 on hard courts this season heading into the U.S. Open. She clinched the U.S. Open series championship this week after winning her first title of the year in Montreal and reaching the semifinals in Cincinnati.

Kirilenko, the seventh seed, was seeking her first title this year. Her boyfriend, NHL star Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, watched the match from the player's box.

 

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