Petra Kvitova defeats World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to reach Qatar Open final

Petra Kvitova defeated top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki again to reach the Qatar Open final and extend her winning streak to 12 matches on Saturday.
Petra Kvitova reacts after defeating Caroline Wozniacki during their Qatar Open semifinal match on Saturday.(AFP)
Petra Kvitova reacts after defeating Caroline Wozniacki during their Qatar Open semifinal match on Saturday.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 18, 2018 09:59 AM IST
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Petra Kvitova made a shaky start but found her attacking verve midway through the match to beat world number one Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 in the Qatar Open on Saturday and set up a final with Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

Kvitova, 27, who lost the opening set tamely and looked in some trouble while trailing 3-1 in the second, fought back in style to clinch her fourth straight victory over the Dane in two hours and 35 minutes.

“I don’t know what happened. I was a little crazy in my mind and I was playing everywhere and not to the court,” twice Wimbledon champion Kvitova said in a courtside interview.

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“I tried to calm myself down a little bit in the second set. Even though I was losing, I was trying to get back somehow.

“When I was down 3-1 I was really angry with myself and I tried to hit some winners,” added Kvitova, who made 59 unforced errors including 11 double faults, but also hit 50 winners.

Having dragged the second set into a tiebreaker which she edged, the battling Czech quickly switched gears and attacked her opponent relentlessly to prevail in the decider.

Up next for Kvitova is Muguruza, who enjoyed the day off after her semi-final opponent Simona Halep pulled out of the tournament with a right foot injury after her win on Friday.

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“She (Muguruza) had a day off today. Who knows if it’s an advantage or not, but I had a great match,” added Kvitova. “It was great for my confidence turning the match around.”

World number 21 Kvitova won the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy earlier this month and a second title of the season on Sunday could give her a shot at getting back into the top 10.

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