Petra races past Goerges to move into Birmingham semis


Petra kept her hopes of a second successive title in Birmingham alive with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Julia Goerges.

The two-time Wimbledon champion, going for her fifth title of the year, beat Goerges for the sixth time in seven meetings to book her place in the semifinals.

“I think the score looks a little bit different compared to game. I think I found my game after the second half of the first set,” Kvitova said after the match.

“I think in the beginning of the match, we were both kind of finding the rhythm, the serve and the shots, especially on my serve. I think sometimes I was pretty lucky that she missed the return. When I broke her serve, it was a little bit kind of better for me, but was still trying to find good rhythm on the serve which I found afterwards.”

 

Despite having won 20 of her 21 service games over two matches this week, Goerges struggled to find any sort of consistency early on in the match and Kvitova made her pay by breaking at the first opportunity, much like she did in her opening match against Daria Gavrilova.

The defending champion dominated large parts of the first set from the back of the court, using her powerful style of tennis to make Goerges work for every point, and took her just half an hour to close out the first set.

Petra picked up right where she left off at the start of the second set, breaking in the first game and never looking troubled throughout the match. She added:

“In the second set, playing with the break from the beginning was a little bit relaxed for sure. I know how she’s playing even if she’s down. She really went for the shots and for the returns as well. I’m pretty happy with the game how I played like the first two points in the rallies.”

 

Goerges was more competitive in the second as she held serve relatively comfortably after the initial early break, but she failed to really put any sort of pressure on the Kvitova serve and the Grand Slam champion from the Czech Republic was able to see out the match in 66 minutes.

“I was pleased with the game and everything just worked well today,” Kvitova said. “I can’t see any easy first rounds here. I feel the field is very strong every year. I just always trying to focus how I feel and what I feel on the court and should I make improvements and kind of this stuff. I’m not really focusing on the score.”

 

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