Despite playing very poor tennis for the majority of the second set, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic defeated China’s Li Na Monday night in Montreal to win the 2012 Rogers Cup 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.
Th first and third sets were highly contested tennis with Kvoitova winning the sets each time. But Na deserves some credit for destroying Kvitova in the second set, winning the first twelve points in the set en route to an easy set win that lasted only 32 minutes.
Kvitova might have won the Rogers Cup, but in how many sports are you allowed to take a break, and then return to win the match. Kvitova and Na each won 192 total points from the match, but Kvitova won because she won her points at the right time.
The problem with tennis is that the sport rewards timing, unlike golf, where if a player is horrible for a particular time during a round, the result is reflected in the final score much better. Tennis does not award consistency enough by the way its scoring system works.
It was Kvitova’s first win in 2012 and her first victory in North America.