Two-time Mutua Madrid Open champion and No.10 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic kept her fine form rolling on Thursday, winning her quarterfinal match over No.14 seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia, 6-4, 6-0, to move into the final four in the Spanish capital.
In the first meeting between the two players, Kvitova powered past the 21-year-old Russian with her usual combination of incredible forehands and lethal serves, clinching the last semifinal spot in Madrid in just 65 minutes.
The big-hitting Kvitova was very difficult to overcome, as her power game resulted in 26 winners and just 18 unforced errors, while Kasatkina had only 6 winners to 13 miscues. Kvitova won a whopping 86 percent of points on her first serve, while she also was excellent on return, allowing Kasatkina only 36 percent of points on the Russian’s second serve.
In the semifinals, Kvitova will face her compatriot Karolina Pliskova, after the No.6 seed shocked World No.1 and two-time defending champion Simona Halep, 6-4, 6-3, in an earlier quarterfinal match on Thursday.