Kvitova's Revenge, Cadantu Up Next

Petra Kvitova beat Petra Martic in the BNP Paribas Katowice Open quarterfinals on Friday, avenging a loss in their only previous encounter. Alexandra Cadantu wrapped up the final four.

Published April 12, 2013 12:00

Kvitova's Revenge, Cadantu Up Next
Petra Kvitova

KATOWICE, Poland - Quarterfinal Friday wrapped up at night at the BNP Paribas Katowice Open, with Petra Kvitova and Alexandra Cadantu both moving into the semifinals of the indoor clay court stop.

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The No.1-seeded Kvitova played the first match of the night session, staying very strong on serve - she held all nine of her service games, fighting off all three break points she faced - and powering her way to three of her own breaks to get a little bit of old fashioned revenge against Petra Martic, 63 62.

"I think today I played my best match here," Kvitova said. "It was a special feeling to play so well and feel so comfortable on the court. And more importantly I played well on the important points, which was good because she serving so well, I really had to wait for the right moments to break her serve."

Kvitova had lost to Martic in their only previous meeting, in the early rounds of Tokyo last year.

"Last time we played I lost, so I was looking for revenge. And I have to say I played really well."

All three of Kvitova's matches this week have ended in straight sets, but this was by far the most straightforward one. "Every match helps me get the feel for the ground and the balls and the clay," she said. "I think that's very important for me for this week and for the whole clay court season."

The second night match saw a duel between two players who had made it into the main draw through the qualies - qualifier Alexandra Cadantu and lucky loser Shahar Peer. Who was Kvitova's preference?

"I played Shahar a long time ago in Fed Cup, but I don't really remember much about it - and the same with Cadantu, I don't really know her game too well. But I'm hoping my coach will watch that match and then give me some tactics. And whoever wins that one will be a tough opponent for me for sure."

It was Cadantu who ended up coming out on top in that one, rallying from a set down and battling back again after going down an early break in the third set to beat the tenacious Israeli, 57 63 63.

It wasn't Cadantu's first three-setter of the week - a day before she pulled off a 46 63 64 comeback win over countrywoman Irina-Camelia Begu, having trailed 3-1 in the second set and 4-1 in the third.

"Well, I think it was a really tough match today," Cadantu commented. "It has been a really long week for me. I started from qualies, didn't know what to expect, then I started playing really well match by match and now I'm here in the semis. I think I've done a really good job and I'm very happy for it."

Kvitova and Cadantu will be playing against each other for the first time.

"I will really love and enjoy playing against Petra Kvitova," Cadantu said. "I'm going to try my best and I think it will be a good match. I really have no pressure. We'll see what happens tomorrow!"

Cadantu will be going for her career-best win against the World No.8 - her best win to date actually came earlier this week in the first round against the No.47-ranked Sabine Lisicki. Cadantu is a dubious 0-9 lifetime against Top 40 players though (including an 0-3 record against Top 10 players).

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