Defending champion Kvitova back in Birmingham final

Defending champion Kvitova back in Birmingham final

Defending champion Kvitova back in Birmingham final
Petra Kvitova

Defending champion Petra Kvitova eased into the final of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham by beating Mihaela Buzarnescu.

The Czech, a two-time Wimbledon champion, showed her strength on grass with a 6-3 6-2 win over the Romanian.

The fourth seed faces Magdalena Rybarikova in Sunday’s final after the Slovak beat Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7-1) 6-4.

World number 19 Rybarikova was a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year.

Kvitova, who has won four WTA titles in 2018 – more than any other player – has yet to drop a set this week.

“Amazing statistics this week,” the world number eight said. “I didn’t expect that from the beginning of the season. I didn’t really start well in Australia.

“So far this season is incredible, and I really can’t imagine a better season so far.”

While Kvitova was in command throughout her match, Rybarikova could not say the same.

The 29-year-old had to fight back from a break down in both sets against Strycova.

“I knew it was going to be a tough match because she’s such a tricky player and she’s amazingly talented,” said Rybarikova, who won the Birmingham event in 2009.

Meanwhile, in Mallorca, at another of the pre-Wimbledon grass-court events, Germany’s Tatjana Maria reached her first WTA final by beating 19-year-old American Sofia Kenin 6-2 2-6 6-4.

The world number 79 will face third seed Anastasija Sevastova in Sunday’s final after the Latvian beat former US Open champion Sam Stosur of Australia 7-6 (7-1) 6-1.

Source: BBC

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