Kvitova, who dropped the first five games of the final, extended her career-best winning streak to 13 matches and assured the Czech's return to the top 10 for the first time since June 2016 when the next set of WTA rankings is released this week. I couldn't wish for more. "It's a very special feeling to be back".
The road to her 22nd career title in Doha wasn't easy for the 27-year-old, which is why Kvitova would treasure the Golden Falcon trophy more.
The world number four had chances again in the third set, with three break points in the fourth game, but could not capitalise and Kvitova seized control to claim the title.
That was despite spending nearly twice as long on court in Doha as Muguruza, who received a first-round bye and and benefited from a semi-final walkover after Simona Halep's withdrawal. "So that means a lot to me".
Kvitova's service continued to be under pressure in the third set, and she saved two break points again in the fourth game to stay 2-2. "But yeah, I think if I would have got one of those break points it would be different".
Third seed Muguruza raced into a 5-0 lead in the opening set as Kvitova, who had spent nearly twice as long on court this week as her opponent, endured an error-strewn opening to the match.
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The match looked like it would not last an hour before Kvitova found her range in the second set.
Two break-back points were staved off and, though Muguruza held to force Kvitova to serve the set out, she promptly did so, the clinching point met with a shriek of approval. Kvitova broke immediately after that when Muguruza netted a backhand into the net after a 23-shot long rally. Both players are still slated to participate in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, though their withdrawals would not come as a surprise as Muguruza seemed to have injured her knee while Kvitova has been playing for three consecutive weeks.
"When I was down 3-1 I was really angry with myself and I tried to hit some winners".
"I think tomorrow will be another day, another match", said the Czech.
"That's why I came back, to try to have great results in the grand slams and the big tournaments", she said. Kvitova won with a single break of serve at 6-3.