Petra Kvitova wins Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship

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Petra Kvitova  wins Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship

Petra Kvitova and Sara Errani will meet in Saturday night’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship final after both seeded players came through their respective semi-finals on Friday.

By Alex Leach

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Published: Sun 24 Feb 2013, 1:02 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:54 AM

Kvitova beat the eighth-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-4, whereas Errani overcame her compatriot Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-3, with both Errani and Kvitova reaching the final in the emirate for the very first time in their careers.

“I’m really happy that I’m in the final and glad with how I played,” said Czech sixth seed Kvitova, who has now beaten the past two Dubai champions in Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska in her previous two rounds.

“It was a great match. We are two different players. She’s trying to put the balls back in play, while I’m the person who is playing aggressively and going for the winners. It then really depends if I’m missing a lot or not.

“The hard work I did in the off-season and January is finally starting to show on the court. That’s very important to get into my mind.

“Everything is in a good way and I feel very comfortable. I’ve played some matches. I’ve practised a lot and I wasn’t injured, so I could practise a lot. That’s maybe why I’m prepared.

“I have to practise a lot. Then, if I’m feeling quite good and I believe in myself that I can play really good tennis as I did in 2011, it means a lot for me and – of course – it’s important for my confidence.

“Sara’s a top 10 player, who moves well. She has a good forehand and she’s quite fast on the backhand. It will be a tough match tomorrow.”

Kvitova will now meet the fifth-seeded Italian Errani, who had earlier prevailed in the clash of the countrywomen that also divided doubles partners. Their last-four encounter may have lacked the fireworks and force that’s becoming increasingly common on the WTA Tour, but that was more than made up for by poise, subtlety and variation.

Both players seemed somewhat uncomfortable about playing against each other – a fraught factor that perhaps contributed to 11 of the 18 games overall resulting in service breaks and 20 break points in total. As it was, Errani was the more clinical and composed in the circumstances, taking seven of those breaks of serve to Vinci’s four to book her place in this weekend’s showpiece.

“I just tried to play my game and as solidly as I possibly could,” the world number seven, 25, admitted. “It’s very tough because we know each other very well. She’s a friend. We always say we feel good together day after day, so this one match doesn’t change the friendship that there is between us. It’s nice to be in the final of the tournament. It’s always a good thing. When you start the tournament, you hope to reach here, so it’s good.

“I just want to try to be as good as I can be physically, have treatment and everything and play my game tomorrow.”

alex@khaleejtimes.com

RESULTS

Centre Court: Women’s Doubles, Semi-Final: Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) & Sania Mirza (India) bt Cara Black (Zimbabwe) & Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) 6-2, 7-5.

Women’s Singles, Semi-Finals: Sara Errani (Italy, 5) bt Roberta Vinci (Italy) 6-3, 6-3, Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) bt Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark, 8) 6-3, 6-4.

ORDER OF PLAY

Centre Court (Starting at 5pm): Women’s Doubles Final: Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) & Sania Mirza (India) vs Nuria Llagostera Vives (Spain) & Jie Zheng (China, 4) or Nadia Petrova (Russia) & Katarina Srebotnik (Slovenia, 2).

Not before 7pm: Women’s Singles Final: Sara Errani (Italy, 5) vs Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic, 6).


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