Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Buzarnescu advances in Birmingham after upset win over second seed Svitolina

Buzarnescu advances in Birmingham after upset win over second seed Svitolina

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova kept her hopes alive for a second successive title at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, beating German Julia Goerges 6-1 6-4 in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Like all top players do, Kvitova found a way to stay on top in the hard break point chances she had to face in the first set and then returned to top serving form, not facing a single break point in the 2nd set and she lost just the two points on serve. She has a reliable two-handed backhand and a solid forehand, and will look to come to the net as often as she can.

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. She broke twice in a row but was pegged back with an immediate break back as the pair headed for a first set tie-break.

Kvitova and Rybarikova have played six times, with Kvitova winning five times, although this will be their first meeting on grass.

The result earned Kvitova her 36th victory of the year, more than any other player on the tour after overtaking the previous leader, top-ranked Simona Halep. She has not had a great deal of success on the grass, but her brand of tennis is something that has translated substantially on all surfaces and it is something that Kvitova will be wary on in the second face-off on Saturday's semifinal day. "The nerves are always there, so I just tried to play well and win". It was tough to fightback but I was relaxed and it paid off afterwards. She's a great player, fantastic on grass. The amusing thing is that we played against each other only in semi-finals or finals.

"I didn't really expect to win here". "I think we'll go for dinner and the guys will watch football tonight - like every other night!" It's going to be quite amusing to play her.

She will need to do that in Sunday's final against Magdalena Rybarikova. I mean, the first match, that was unbelievable match for me, to beat Karolina [Pliskova].

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