|Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates as she wins her Paris Open tennis tournament final match against Kim Clijsters of Belgium at the Coubertin stadium in Paris February 13, 2011. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
PARIS - Petra Kvitova needed only 60 minutes to sweep past Kim Clijsters, 6-4, 6-3, to win the Open Gaz de France on Sunday.
The fourth-seeded Czech claimed her second title of 2011, having bested Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the Australian Open tuneup in Brisbane. She then fell to Vera Zvonereva in the quarterfinals of the season's first Grand Slam event.
Kvitova defeated her Belgian foe for the first time in three all-time meetings by serving 10 aces and breaking serve five times.
Clijsters had won her previous 12 matches coming into Sunday's encounter against her 20-year-old foe and was denied her 42nd career singles title and second of the year.
She won the Australian Open last month for her fourth career Grand Slam crown and followed it up last week by winning each of her singles matches in Fed Cup play against the United States.
Kvitova claimed a first prize of $103,000.