Home favorite Petra Kvitova takes on seventh seed Mihaela Buzarnescu in the J&T Banka Prague Open final on Saturday, as the unseeded Ajla Tomljanovic faces top seed Elise Mertens in the final of the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat.
WTA Staff
May 5, 2018




Play starts at 11am

M Buzarnescu (ROU) [7] v P Kvitova (CZE) [2]



Play starts at 3pm

E Mertens (BEL) [1] v A Tomljanovic (AUS)

Yes into the final!! 👊 @wtarabat #fight #letsgo

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Petra Kvitova is playing in her second J&T Banka Prague Open final, having previously lost to Magdalena Rybarikova, in straight sets in 2011, when the event was still an ITF tournament. The Czech is playing in her third final of 2018.

Petra Kvitova's presence in Saturday's final means only one of the nine J&T Banka Prague Open showpieces have not involved a home player.

Previous Czech winners of the J&T Banka Prague Open include Lucie Hradecka in the inaugural tournament in 2010, as well as Lucie Safarova in both 2012 and 2013, Karolina Pliskova in 2015 and Safarova again the following year.

Petra Kvitova's 2011 J&T Banka Prague Open final loss preceded similar defeats for Klara Zakopalova in 2012, Lucie Hradecka in 2015 and Kristyna Pliskova last year.

Four of the last five finals at the J&T Banka Prague Open have gone to three sets, with the victor coming from a set down on each of those occasions.

Saturday's J&T Banka Prague Open will be the first meeting of Petra Kvitova and Mihaela Buzarnescu. Seventh seed Buzarnescu has dropped one set en route to the showpiece match, going a set down in the semifinal against Camila Giorgi, while No.2 seed Kvitova has yet to lose a set.

Mihaela Buzarnescu is playing in her second final of 2018, having lost to Elise Mertens in Hobart in January.

Elise Mertens has dropped just one set en route to Saturday's final of the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Laura Siegemund taking an early lead in their second round meeting. The top seed has won four sets this week to love.

Ajla Tomljanovic has been taken the distance twice at the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem this week, by Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler Espinosa in the first round and also Jana Fett, of Croatia, in the quarterfinals.

Ajla Tomljanovic and Elise Mertens are meeting for the first time on Saturday. Both are seeking to be the first winner of the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem from their respective countries. 

Australian Ajla Tomljanovic is playing in her first final of 2018, following previous semifinals at Newport Beach and at the Indian Wells 125k. Her previous career singles final appearance came three years ago, at the PTT Thailand Open, where she lost to Daniela Hantuchova.

Elise Mertens is seeking a third title of 2018, having won the Hobart International in January and the Ladies Open Biel/Bienne last month. The Belgian also won in Hobart last year.