No.2 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic put on a dominant display in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, dispatching Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova, 6-4, 6-0, to reach the final four in Dubai for the second time in her career.
“I am pleased,” Kvitova said, during her post-match press conference. “I didn’t give [Kuzmova] any time to do her job, maybe turn the match on her way.”
In the first meeting between the two players, 2013 Dubai finalist Kvitova was in rare form on the day, winning the final eight games of the match and blasting 21 winners to only 12 unforced errors, needing just 62 minutes to complete her triumph.
2019 Australian Open finalist Kvitova will now face the crafty veteran Hsieh Su-wei in the semifinals, after the player from Chinese Taipei notched her third upset of a Top 10 seed of the week in the quarterfinals with a stirring three-set victory over No.4 seed Karolina Pliskova.
“Definitely [Hsieh is] a tough and tricky opponent,” Kvitova admitted “I played her in Sydney in a really tough match. Will be probably some rallies tomorrow, and I need to be ready for every shot what she’s going to bring to the game.”
“I think she’s reading the game very, very good,” Kvitova continued, regarding Hsieh. “That’s what is tricky. She is moving well. When she’s on the good spot, it’s really tough to make those winners.
“Sometimes I really don’t know what she’s going to bring every shot. It’s fun actually, sometimes.”
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