Tennis - Wimbledon champ Kvitova takes New Haven title

AFPAugust 23, 2014
Tennis - Wimbledon champ Kvitova takes New Haven title
NEW HAVEN, CT - AUGUST 23: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia pose with their trophies after the women's final of the Connecticut Open at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on August 23, 2014 in New Haven, Connecticut.Kvitova defeated Rybarikova 6-4,6-2 to win the tournament. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/ELSA)

- Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her second WTA Connecticut Open title in three years, defeating Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4, 6-2 in the US Open warm-up event.

Fourth-ranked Kvitova, the 2012 New Haven winner who lost to Simona Halep in last year's final, will be the women's third seed when the year's last Grand Slam tournament begins Monday in New York.

"It was great to win the title. I'm very happy to play the final like that," Kvitova said. "Hopefully I can show that at the US Open."

Rybarikova, ranked 68th, ousted top-seeded Halep on Tuesday but could not claim her fifth WTA title and the first since 2013 in Washington.

Kvitova claimed her 13th career WTA crown and second of the year after her dramatic Wimbledon victory