Doha: Petra advances following Goerges retirement

It's my sixth appearance in Doha and my first semifinal. I'm very happy with that.

Petra Kvitova appeared on course to grab the final spot in the Qatar Total Open final four before Julia Goerges was forced to retire trailing, 6-4, 2-1.

Kvitova and Goerges battled to three sets two weeks ago at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, but Kvitova was in control from the first ball on Friday, striking 13 winners to just seven unforced errors and converted both break points she engineered to remain in the lead when Goerges could no longer continues.

The win marks the two-time Wimbledon champion’s 11th in a row, with a potential return to the Top 10 on the horizon should she capture the title in Doha.

“I’m trying! It’s amazing,” Kvitova said during her on-court interview. “It’s my sixth appearance in Doha and my first semifinal. I’m very happy with that. I’m trying to continue my streak, but it’s not easy, especially since Julia has been playing great. Unfortunately, she had to retire, but I hope she’s able to come back soon.”

Standing between her and a spot in the final is top seed and World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, who had a much longer day out there on Centre Court as she needed two hours and 20 minutes to defeat two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber in three sets.

Kvitova and Wozniacki have played 12 times, with the Czech powerhouse winning their last three meetings – most recently at last year’s China Open.

“It’s a challenge, for sure. She’s a great player, No.1, just won the Australian Open. She’s a very tough opponent. We know each other very well on and off the court together. I’ll try to play my best, as always. But we’ll see.”

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