Two-time Mutua Madrid Open champion and No.10 seed Petra Kvitova is back in the final in the Spanish capital for the third time, after a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over 6th-seeded compatriot Karolina Pliskova in a bruising semifinal on Friday night.
Kvitova picked up her tenth straight match win on the WTA with the victory over Pliskova, having won the J&T Banka Prague Open in her home country the week prior to Madrid. The Czechs had not faced off in over three years — since the final of Sydney in 2015 — but Kvitova was still able to defeat Pliskova for the third time in three meetings.
Both players acquitted themselves well in the hard-hitting affair, with Kvitova blasting 32 winners to 31 unforced errors, while Pliskova had 21 of each. But Kvitova was slightly more effective winning points on her service, claiming 60 percent of those instances, to only 52 percent for Pliskova.
The 2011 and 2015 Madrid titlist moves into Saturday’s final, where she will face Dutch clay-court maven Kiki Bertens, who dispatched No.7 seed Caroline Garcia of France in the earlier semifinal, 6-2, 6-2. Bertens, who won the Volvo Car Open in Charleston earlier this season for the biggest title of her career, is now into her first Premier Mandatory final.
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