In front of more than 13 thousand tennis fans, Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova beat Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka in the final of the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul.

2011’s Top 8 women tennis players were in Turkey for the season-ending finalé that is the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships held in Istanbul between 25 and 30 October 2011. The players competed for the largest prize money purse on the WTA calendar: $4,900,000.

The final match took place on Sunday at Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul. Sunday’s atmosphere was electric, with 13,676 fans cheering Kvitova and Azarenka on throughout their two-hour, 28-minute final. Kvitova, who won all of her games in Turkey, just couldn’t give away, as the 21-year-old cruised to a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory.

“It was unbelievable tennis,” Kvitova told the tournament’s official website. “We were both really fighting. Every game and every set was very close. Maybe I played better on the important points in the match. We both played some of our best here in Istanbul today – it was a final, so why not.”

Kvitova began the year ranked 34th by the WTA Rankings, and now finishes it as the World No. 2.

Both finalists had won their round robin groups earlier in the week, Kvitova going 3-0 with straight set wins over Vera Zvonareva, Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska, Azarenka going 2-1 with wins over Li Na and Sam Stosur but losing to Marion Bartoli, an alternate replacing an injured Sharapova. In the semis, Kvitova beat Stosur, while Azarenka beat Zvonareva.

A total of 70,824 tennis fans followed TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships held in Istanbul.

Watch Video Highlights from Sunday’s final at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships.


Özgür Töre is the founder and managing editor of award-winning travel news website; Focus on Travel News – and Arab Turkish Travel Gazette – Mr. Töre is the co-founder of and Mr. Töre is a board member of Association of Tourism Writers and Journalists (TUYED) in Turkey and International Tourism Writers Alliance. He holds a Master’s Degree in Project Management from Istanbul Kültür University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Istanbul Bilgi University.