Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kvitova Makes Her Comeback Complete; Tennis

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kvitova Makes Her Comeback Complete; Tennis

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PETRA Kvitova described winning the Aegon Classic title as "a fairytale" just six months after a career-threatening stabbing incident at her home.

Kvitova saw off Australia's Ashleigh Barty 4-6 6-3 6-2 in Birmingham in only her second tournament since the start of her comeback at the French Open last month.

The two-time Wimbledon winner was stabbed in the Czech Republic in December and could have lost her career, escaping instead with hand injuries.

But in a stunning performance against Barty, Kvitova battled back from losing the first set and stepped up in the second half of the decider to seal victory.

She said: "I'm very, very happy, of course. I didn't expect this in my second tournament after my comeback. So yeah, I think it's kind of a fairytale.

"I think I've been through a very difficult time in my life, and it wasn't about the tennis, but about coming back healthy and alive and move my fingers properly and everything like that. …

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