Petra beaten in Beijing semis

Caroline Garcia defeated Petra 6-3, 7-5 to reach the biggest final of her career at China Open. Garcia played consistent aggression to outsteady the former World No.2 and advance after 90 minutes on court.

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Kvitova’s problem in Beijing wasn’t just Garcia, who won the Wuhan Open last week. It was also her ability to play consistently. A nightmare start to the match by the two-time Wimbledon champion allowed Garcia to stroll to a 4-0 lead. Hitting a series of double faults, Kvitova only managed to win one out of her first eight points on serve.

As the match progressed, Garcia started to encounter the resistance that many anticipated. Despite dropping one of her breaks, the early damage enabled her clinch the opening set with ease. Hitting an ace out wide to seal the 6-3 lead.

Following the rocky start, set two saw a much closer encounter between the two. There was a lot at stake for both players with Garcia aiming to break the top 10 for the first time with this win and Kvitova seeking to make her 27th WTA final.

Trading breaks, it was once again Kvitova’s unreliable serving that resulted in her downfall. With Garcia leading 6-3, 5-5, a nightmare service game from the Czech destroyed her hopes of winning. Three double faults combined with as backhand error gifted Garcia the chance to serve for a place in the final. It was an opportunity the Frenchwoman seized without hesitation as she converted her first match point with the help of a serve down the line.