Kvitova wins Birmingham title to boost Wimbledon bid

Kvitova lines up Buzarnescu meeting in Birmingham semis

Kvitova lines up Buzarnescu meeting in Birmingham semis

The 2009 champion Magdalena Rybarikova defeated good friend Barbora Strycova in straight sets to reach her second final, at the Nature Valley Classic.

The two-time Wimbledon champion turned on the style after losing the first set and sealed the match with an ace at the end of a love service game.

Goerges had the firepower to really try and match the Czech from the back of the court and the German has gained so much belief on this surface after making the Mallorca final past year, but Kvitova's standards on this surface are that much greater and it showed in this straight sets win today. 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.

"I just tried to go on the court, play my own game and focus on each point and take it as an ordinary match".

"It's fantastic to defend a title", Kvitova said courtside.

The Czech, 28, broke Rybarikova's serve twice in the second set and three times in the third to seal a 4-6 6-1 6-2 win. "She's such a tricky player and she's amazingly talented".

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If she maintains this high level for another three weeks, everything seems possible for Kvitova, whose career looked seriously in doubt 18 months ago after a knife attack at her home in December 2016 which led to surgery for her left playing hand. "I needed a little bit of time to get used to spins and slices and volleys and whatever she plays", she added.

She will need to do that in Sunday's final against Magdalena Rybarikova. The amusing thing is that we played against each other only in semi-finals or finals.

Rybarikova, who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon previous year, thrives on grass, with her flat groundstroke game giving her the edge in a closely contested match.

"Yeah, I think the score looks a little bit different compared to game".

"I'm nearly always expected to win, so it's never really easy going into a match in a semifinal at a tournament that I really like". I didn't put the first serve in which was kind of tough to play then. Until I met her in Prague final, I didn't really know much about her. I mean, the first match, that was fantastic match for me, to beat Karolina [Pliskova].

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