Petra Kvitova described her first title win of 2018 as 'special' as she defeated Kristina Mladenovic in the St Petersburg Open final.

Kvitova enjoys 'special' win

Kvitova enjoys 'special' win

The 27-year-old Czech, who has won at Wimbledon on two occasions during her career, bounced back from a disappointing first-round exit at the recent Australian Open by needing just 65 minutes to defeat her French opponent and defending champion 6-1 6-2 in Russia on Sunday.

A 21st WTA title win and first since last June's Aegon Classic will move Kvitova back up to 21st position in the world rankings and has left her in a positive mood looking ahead to the rest of the campaign.

Kvitova, who has recovered well from the career-threatening hand injuries she sustained after being stabbed by an intruder at her home just before Christmas in 2016, said: 'This was a special tournament for me.

'All week, I played unbelievable matches and I really had to fight to make the final,' she added.

'It is not easy at the beginning of the year. I had to focus hard for the win.'