St. Petersburg: Petra grounds Goerges to reach final

Petra Kvitova became the first wildcard to advance to the final of the St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy on Saturday, taking out No.5 seed Julia Goerges in a thrilling three-set semifinal, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.

Making her debut in St. Petersburg, Kvitova scored her second three-set victory of the week behindĀ 30 winners and 11 aces, as she won 80% of the points behind her first serve to secure victory in two hours, five minutes.

Kvitova scored her third consecutive win against Goerges, and though the two had not played in nearly five years, Saturday’s semifinal was also the third straight match between the two to go the distance.