Kvitova beats Barty in Sydney International women's final

Alex de Minaur of Australia plays a return to Andreas Seppi of Italy during the men's final match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/David Moir)
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, right, holds the winner's trophy as she poses for photographers with runner up Ashleigh Barty of Australia after their women's final match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/David Moir)
Alex de Minaur from Australia celebrates after beating Gilles Simon from France during their men's semifinal match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan 12, 2019. (AP Photo/David Moir)
Alex de Minaur from Australia celebrates after beating Gilles Simon from France during their men's semifinal match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan 12, 2019. (AP Photo/David Moir)
Andreas Seppi of Italy plays a shot to Alex de Minaur of Australia during the men's final match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/David Moir)
Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic hits a forehand to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus during their women's singles semifinal match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Ashleigh Barty of Australia gestures after winning the first set against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during their women's final match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/David Moir)
Kiki Bertens, right, of the Netherlands embraces Ash Barty of Australia following their women's singles semifinal match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Barty won the match. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, right, holds the winners trophy as she poses for photographers with runner up Ashleigh Barty of Australia after their women's final match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/David Moir)
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds the winners trophy after beating Ashleigh Barty of Australia after their women's final match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/David Moir)

SYDNEY — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Ashleigh Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the women's singles final on Saturday at the Sydney International.

Barty led the deciding set 3-0 before Kvitova began a comeback to win her 26th WTA title.

Barty beat No. 1 Simona Halep, No.9 Kiki Bertens and No.12 Elise Mertens on her way to the final.

Kvitova apologized to Barty and the crowd for spoiling the Australian's Sydney party.

"Not to win at home, I'm sorry," Kvitova said. "You know, one day you're going to make it for sure."

Later, Australian Alex de Minaur won the men's singles title when he beat Italian veteran Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (5). It was de Minaur's second win of the day, after he earlier beat Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-2 in a rain-delayed semifinal from Friday night.

The victory made de Minaur the youngest winner of the Sydney tournament since Lleyton Hewitt also did it as a 19-year-old in 2001.

___

More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

People also read these

Murray, Federer advance to 3rd round at...

Jan 18, 2017

Top-ranked Andy Murray hurts his right ankle in a 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 win over No. 156-ranked Andrey...

Topsy-turvy: Seppi posts comeback win over Kyrgios

Jan 18, 2017

Three days into the Australian Open, Andreas Seppi's 1-6, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-2, 10-8 comeback win over...

The rules of engagement: Williams reaches QFs,...

Jan 23, 2017

After a 7-5, 6-4 fourth-round win over No. 16-seeded Barbora Strycova, her toughest match to date...

With favorites out, Raonic has opening for slam...

Jan 23, 2017

Not every tennis player quotes from Goethe on Twitter, keeps a journal and visits art exhibitions...

Australia quick Mennie suffers head injury during...

Jan 24, 2017

Australia fast bowler Joe Mennie has been admitted to hospital with a fractured skull and bleeding...

Get your 24-hour live updates here in Ultimate Sports Daily. We deliver content from all regions so that you won’t miss out on any single event.

Contact us: sales[at]ultimatesportsdaily.com