Kvitova faces Rybarikova in Birmingham final


Defending champion Petra Kvitova will take on 2009 victor Magdalena Rybarikova in Sunday's Nature Valley Classic singles final at the Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham.

From there though, she ran away with it as it was a poor tie-break from the Czech whose frustration was evident, although she kept thigs competitive through the second set where she finally got the advantage to lead for 4-3 with a break.

The fourth-seeded Kvitova used strident groundstrokes and uninhibited net attacks to earn her 36th victory of the year, more than any other player on tour. "I just played match by match, being very happy to be on the grass and the tennis court".

"It does feel unbelievable", she said.

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But Kvitova proved a different proposition for the remainder of the match, breaking twice in the second set, while only having to save a single break point against her serve. "I didn't start well in Australia, but now I can't imagine a better season so far. I'm thinking positive. It's the final, so I like playing final".

"I am always expected to win, so it is never easy", Kvitova said. The amusing thing is that we played against each other only in semi-finals or finals. I remember our last meeting was in New Haven in a final as well.

Defending Nature Valley Classic champion Petra Kvitova is on the brink of a repeat win after beating Mihaela Buzarnescu in straight sets on Saturday. Grass is her best surface, as illustrated by her run to the Wimbledon semifinals past year, so expect her to put up a good fight against her more fancied opponent. "So it'll be fun to watch and fun to play, hopefully". I will try my best. She won so fast all the matches. "She's an incredible player, so young and so many achievements until now and so many to come". During practice we played here today. I mean, the first match, that was fantastic match for me, to beat Karolina [Pliskova].

In Mallorca, Garcia went down 6-3, 6-3 to Sofia Kenin, with Lucie Safarova, another seed, also knocked out by Tatjana Maria.