Petra Kvitova was impressive in a straight-sets win against compatriot Barbora Strycova at the China Open.
WTA Staff
October 6, 2017

BEIJING, China - Petra Kvitova put in a dominant display against compatriot Barbora Strycova, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the semifinals of the China Open for the third time.

She extended her winning streak against fellow Czech players to 24 matches as she set up a clash with either Caroline Garcia or Elina Svitolina.

"I'm very happy to be in semifinal," Kvitova said to reporters after the match. "I couldn't just imagine this coming to Asia. I'm already happy. I love these big matches anyway, so I will do my best tomorrow."

Kvitova hit 15 winners and faced just one break point in an impressive first set. Much like her last match against Wozniacki, her clutch serving came through. Despite hitting six double-faults, she came up with a great first serve that was unreturned to save break point as she served for the set.

Strycova improved her movement and defense in the second set but could not hold off her opponent for too long.

"Definitely I felt better yesterday," Kvitova said afterwards. "I felt a little bit tired today maybe. On the court I felt pretty slow. Maybe I wasn't, but that was my feeling. Sometimes it's pretty confusing. So, like, from my opinion, I think that I played better yesterday.

"But important was today just to, you know, be kind of focused on the points which Barbora can put back. It's pretty tricky with the slice, dropshots, high ones. It's not very easy. She's a very good mover, so it was pretty difficult. I'm happy that my serve in the important kind of points was there."