Kvitova lines up Buzarnescu meeting in Birmingham semis

Mihaela Buzarnescu Birmingham 2018

Last year's champion Petra Kvitova is back into the final at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham after powering past the tricky Mihaela Buzarnescu in straight sets.

The theme continued into the start of the third and the match was all but over after a second break as Rybarikova sent the ball long, allowing Kvitova to cruise through the closing stages.

Kvitova has now claimed five WTA titles this season, as well as winning a women's tour-leading 37 matches over the last six months. For me, Petra is one of the best players when she is playing really on fire, so we will see how it's going to be her day tomorrow. "The nerves are always there, and I just try to play as well as I can and win".

In the other semfinal, defending champion Petra Kvitova faces Mihaela Buzarnescu, the Romanian who nearly quit after two knee operations and has risen more than 230 places to a career-high 30 this week. She won so fast all the matches. She opened her tournament with an impressive 6-2 6-3 win over the third seed Karolina Pliskova, before dropping her only set of the tournament in a 3-6 6-2 6-1 comeback win over Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.




"She's a great player, wonderful on grass". Kvitova looked towards that big semifinal and the advantages that Buzarnescu can have on a grass court herself. But from the first round, I really felt relaxed. "So you think how to get it a little bit different, which I did after a few games". "I'm thinking positive. It's the final, so I like playing final". But if she is, then for me it's a great tournament.

"I think it will be fun for both of us", Kvitova said. I beat her quite easy. "We are friends. We are watching the football every night". She has a reliable two-handed backhand and a solid forehand, and will look to come to the net as often as she can. "That's really good for me".

The Nature Valley Classic final between Kvitova and Rybarikova is scheduled on the Ann Jones Centre Court, at 1:30pm.
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