Petra Kvitova will play for her first title in Dubai in six years on Saturday.
The No.2 seed solved Hsieh Su-wei in Friday’s first semifinal, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, to reach the championship match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for the first time since winning the title in 2013.
After having her powerful game expertly neutralized by Hsieh in the opening set, in which she dropped serve twice in the last three games to fall behind from 3-3, the Australian Open runner-up found her range in just over two hours.
Though she failed to save either break point she faced in the first set, the Czech denied Hsieh four break chances in the second, all of which came after the two-time Wimbledon champion built a 4-1 lead.
In the decider, Kvitova bounced back to win Hsieh’s second service game after the pair traded breaks to begin the set, and took a lead she never relinquished.
The World No.31 would not be easily beaten, however, as she contested her first semifinal at Premier-level or higher, and forced Kvitova to come up with some of her best tennis to seal the match.
Four of the next five games of the match went past deuce, but ultimately, Kvitova sealed the deal behind her serve, and held to love to advance to the final.