Paris, France (Sports Network) - Petra Kvitova needed only 60 minutes to
sweep past Kim Clijsters, 6-4, 6-3, to win the Open Gaz de France on Sunday.
The fourth-seeded Czech claimed her second title of 2011, having bested Andrea
Petkovic of Germany in the Australian Open tuneup in Brisbane. She then fell
to Vera Zvonereva in the quarterfinals of the season's first Grand Slam event.
Kvitova defeated her Belgian foe for the first time in three all-time meetings
by serving 10 aces and breaking serve five times.
Clijsters had won her previous 12 matches coming into Sunday's encounter
against her 20-year-old foe and was denied her 42nd career singles title and
second of the year.
She won the Australian Open last month for her fourth career Grand Slam
crown and followed it up last week by winning each of her singles matches
in Fed Cup play against the United States.
Kvitova claimed a first prize of $103,000.
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