BERLIN, Germany - Top seed Elina Svitolina and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will square off in the grass-court final of the exhibition tournament in Berlin, after the pair won their semifinal matches in straight sets on Tuesday.
Svitolina, playing for the first time in non-WTA exhibition action since winning the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, Mexico in March, beat Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova, 7-6(2), 6-3, while Kvitova needed just 50 minutes on court to defeat No.2 seed Kiki Bertens, 6-3, 6-2.
"I think it was a good match with a lot of good rallies," Svitolina assessed. "For what was kind of my first match [since the tour's hiatus], it took a little bit of time for me to get into the fighting spirit, and Anastasija is a great fighter. In the end, it was a good match.
"This year, we missed the grass court season, but I'm just happy to be here and to come back and play on the grass."
Later in the day, Kvitova was dominant from the start against Bertens, and won six games in a row from 2-0 down in the second set.
"Grass is definitely my favorite purpose to play on, so I'm really glad that I could play here and have another match tomorrow," Kvitova said after the match.
"It's a good practice mentally to turn sets and matches around, so I was still trying to do my thing and it was a good one for me.
"I played Elina many times but not on the grass, so I'm curious to see how she's playing on grass. Beating Anastasija today, she really had to play well. She likes when the balls are bouncing low, the same as me, so it should be a nice one tomorrow for sure."
After Wednesday's final, the second stage of the week-long exhibition tournament will be held on a hard court at Berlin's Tempelhof Hangar from July 17-19.