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The world no. 12 Petra Kvitova snapped world no. 7 Elena Rybakina’s 13-match win streak to capture the Miami Open title 7-6, 6-2 for her 30th career win.
At 33, Kvitova became the oldest Miami champion since Serena Williams in 2015.
“It is a lot of talking in the mind, when you are serving when you are returning,” Kvitova said. “It is the mental side of it.”
On Monday, Kvitova will return to the top ten for the first time since September 2021.
Kvitova won the first set after a 16-14 tiebreaker, took a 3-0 lead in the second set, and was in cruise control.
Rybakina carried a perfect 7-0 record in tiebreaks this season into the final but misfired on 18 unforced errors.
Kool & The Gang performed as part of a concert series at this year’s Miami Open after the women’s final their number one hit, “Celebration,” closed out the day.