Kvitova eyes top-ten return

05 February 2018 09:08:27 EST

Petra Kvitova has moved up eight places to 21st in the world rankings after thrashing Kristina Mladenovic in the final of the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy.

The two-time Wimbledon winner easily saw off the defending champion 6-1 6-2, and said afterwards: "This was a special tournament for me. All week, I played unbelievable matches and I really had to fight to make the final."

Kvitova is hoping she will soon return to the top ten after missing the first half of 2017 when she was recovering from the hand injury she sustained during a robbery at her home, and which nearly brought her career to an end.

The 27-year-old Czech Republic star added: "We are always trying to get better. Even on a day like this, where I felt like I did everything well, I'm satisfied inside because I played a good game and that's how I feel in my heart."

Recent Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki remains at the top of the world rankings while the beaten finalist in Melbourne, Simona Halep, is second.

Romania's Elina Svitolina is third, followed by last year's Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova.

Meanwhile, Angelique Kerber is 16/1 to win this year's French Open. Serena Williams can be backed at 4/1, Kvitova at 22/1 and Halep at 6/1.

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