Petra Kvitova became the first player in 13 years to successfully defend the Nature Valley Classic title in Birmingham with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, win over Magdalena Rybarikova in a compelling final on Sunday at the Edgbaston Priory Club.
And despite being broken in the decider, Kvitova responded by breaking Rybarikova three more times to wrap up what ultimately proved to be a convincing win.
Goerges had the firepower to really try and match the Czech from the back of the court and the German has gained so much belief on this surface after making the Mallorca final past year, but Kvitova's standards on this surface are that much greater and it showed in this straight sets win today. "I didn't start well in Australia, but now I can't imagine a better season so far".
"I know definitely she likes to play on the grass, she reached the semifinals a year ago during Wimbledon".
She will face defending champion Petra Kvitova in the final - and much like with Strycova, she has a long-standing friendship with Kvitova.
Rybarikova opened the match in a stronger fashion, breaking at love in game three for a 3-1 lead but Petra converted her fifth break point in game six to level the score at 3-3.
The Czech star, who has yet to drop a set in Birmingham this week, continued her serene progress with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over her Romanian opponent.
As Ukrainian tennis player did not try to recoup, she did not succeed.
"Yeah, I think she's pretty confident right now. We played over two hours, so it was a great final to watch I think, I hope". I didn't feel still my game on grass.
That, however, was on clay - and on grass right now Kvitova looks better than anyone. Hopefully, she is not going to be on fire, but if she is, then for me it's a great tournament. "But I can't see any easy first rounds here". When I came here, the first practice was really good.
Rybarikova started well, with Kvitova showing more nerves than the Slovak in the early stages.