Kvitova beats Bertens for 3rd Madrid Open title

Petra Kvitova
The Associated Press

MADRID (AP) — Petra Kvitova outlasted Kiki Bertens 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3 to claim a record third Madrid Open title on Saturday.

The two-time Wimbledon winner celebrated the hard-fought match when Bertens hit a backhand long on the final point.

The 10th-seeded Kvitova edged Bertens on the Caja Magica’s clay court in 2 hours, 51 minutes.

She previously won Madrid in 2011 and 2015. This third win took the Czech’s career total to 24 titles, including four in the first five months of 2018.

On the men’s side, Dominic Thiem beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the final.