Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova eased past Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-2 on Friday to reach her seventh semi-final of the season at the Generali Ladies.
The top-seeded Kvitova will play former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic for a place in tomorrow’s final. The third-seeded Serb player defeated Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-4.
Kvitova, who won four events this season and is ranked a career-high fourth, played flawlessly to race into a 4-0 lead against Hantuchova before making a couple of mistakes and dropping her serve. The Czech player regained control immediately afterward.
“I have enjoyed every match so far here and I am starting to play really well,” Kvitova said. “That’s important with [the WTA Championships in] Istanbul and the Fed Cup [final] coming up.”
Jankovic went 1-2 down in the opening set against Rodino before winning seven straight games. Jankovic, still seeking her first title of the season, lost serve once in the second set but broke again at 4-4 and closed out the victory with a love game.
In other quarter-final play, Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia rallied to beat Anastasia Rodionova of Australia 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-1 to reach her third WTA semi-final of the season.
The seventh-seeded Cibulkova was broken when serving for the opening set and lost it in the tiebreaker but was in control of the match afterward.
In the semi-finals, Cibulkova is set to play Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, who defeated Sorana Cirstea of Romania 7-5, 6-2. The 27th-ranked Safarova is looking to reach her third final of the year after Kuala Lumpur and Copenhagen.
JAPAN WOMEN’S OPEN
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Top seeded Samantha Stosur reached the Japan Women’s Open semi-finals with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over seventh seeded Chanelle Scheepers yesterday.
US Open champion Stosur hit six aces and saved all four break points she faced while converting three break points of her own against her South African opponent at the Utsubo Tennis Center.
The sixth ranked Australian player next faces either Petra Cetkovska or Jie Zheng, with Zheng leading 0-6, 7-5, 3-2 when play was suspended because of rain.
Second seeded Marion Bartoli of France also reached the semi-finals after beating sixth-seeded Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-2, 6-1.
Bartoli is scheduled to face third-seeded Angelique Kerber after the German player beat defending champion Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-3, 6-4.
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