Petra Kvitova retains Nature Valley Classic title in Birmingham

Petra Kvitova retains Nature Valley Classic title in Birmingham

Awaiting her in Sunday's final will be Magdalena Rybarikova, who beat Barbora Strycova 7-6 (1), 6-4 to reach the Birmingham final for a second time.

Rybarikova twice broke the Kvitova serve in the opening set and looked a strong candidate to claim the fourth WTA Tour title of her career.

The former world No. 2 picked up her WTA-leading fifth title of the year as well as her 37th match victory this season. I'm just happy to be back on the grass courts.

"Amazing statistics this week!", said a glowing Kvitova.

Kvitova beamed. "I didn't expect that from the beginning of the season - I didn't really start well in Australia". But I'm fit and that's what is really making me happy, that I can nearly play every week and enjoy it because I had so many years that I didn't play. "There's a little bit of a difference, so you just need to think a little bit differently, which I did".

"[Magdalena and I] have been practicing here this week, we always practice when we're in tournaments together", Kvitova said.


"I knew it was going to be a tough match, because she's such a tricky player and she's amazingly talented", Rybarikova, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals past year, said on-court after the match.

"We're good friends [Magdalena and I], so it'll be a fun final".

As Ukrainian tennis player did not try to recoup, she did not succeed. I remember our last meeting was in New Haven in a final as well.

The 28-year-old, who won the second of her two Wimbledon titles in 2014, hasn't been past the third round in her last three appearances at the Grand Slam. "She's a really great player and she's the favorite of this match". I mean, the first match, that was fantastic match for me, to beat Karolina [Pliskova]. During practice, we played here today, but during the match, it's going to be something totally different. Standing at 182cm, the left hander is able to generate plenty of speed on her serve, as well as from her groundstrokes.

Elsewhere, at the Mallorca Open, Anastasija Sevastova set up a final with Tatjana Maria.

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