Petra Kvitova Crushes Simona Halep, Will Face Dominika Cibulkova For Wuhan Title
by Staff | September 30th, 2016, 4:15 pm

Petra Kvitova cruised into the Wuhan final Friday by crushing Simona Halep 6-1, 6-2. Kvitova, who won Wuhan in 2014, hit 34 winners to just 16 unforced errors in the 67 minute romp.

“It’s amazing. I came to this tournament and really didn’t expect this kind of performance,” Kvitova said. “Physically I’m still so-so – I’m really happy that I’m not falling apart. But I played a really great match today in spite of everything, which really put the pressure on her.”

In the finals tonight, Kvitova will meet ironwoman Dominika Cibulkova. After winning two matches yesterday, Cibulkova was the underdog to Svetlana Kuznetsova and early on it appearing the Slovakian was out of gas after dropping the first set.

But Cibulkova came back to win it 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach her fifth final of the season.

“It feels great. I’m really tired right now, but the feeling to be in the final is unbelievable, and that’s why I love it,” Cibulkova said. “It’s just a great win for me today.

“I would say that nothing has been easy here. I’ve had really tough matches from the first round so you don’t expect anything easy from this tournament. I’m really looking forward to another final and I want to keep going, keep playing like this,” she said.

Though they haven’t met in over two years, Kvitova has won four of six from Cibulkova but Cibulkova has won the last two in 2013 Sydney and 2014 Indian Wells.

“I never have any expectations. I really love to play these big matches, in front of the crowd. Of course I will do my best tomorrow,” Kvitova added. “I think she’s improved a lot, so it will be a difficult match and I will fight again.”

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6 Comments for Petra Kvitova Crushes Simona Halep, Will Face Dominika Cibulkova For Wuhan Title

jalep Says:

Wuhan final Petra Kvitova!

Finally had a chance to watch Petra v Simona. It was over quick. A clinical job by Petra. Should think Petra will try the same with Dominika Cibulkova — though I think Cibby will fight harder and maybe make it a longer match. Cibulkova has boundless energy and recovers well between matches. Petra needs to play and fight like she has all week. Go Petra!

Tashkent Final ?
Kristyna Pliskova and Nao Hibino

Odds favor Pliskova slightly and I admit I’d like the lefty Pliskova twin to win.

FedExpress Says:

peaktova appeared for once in this season. congratz for the title.
best player to watch on wta tour when she is in full flow. more talent than azarenka but not mentaly stable and inconsistent. she also had to fight through mononucleosis and i thought she will reach the heights again just like fed did in 2008 (though he won couple if GS but the smooth movement was gone).

good to see her. hope she wins a GS

jalep Says:

Petra handcuffed Dominika — nothing she could do but eek out two games in two sets.

Pojd! It’s great to hear her screeching that again ☺

That puts her up to #11 or #12 on the RTS. She now needs to go deep in Beijing, namely, she has to beat Muguruza and make the final or win, depending on how others in Beijing do; but she just might incredibly make it.

jalep Says:

And big congrats to Kristyna Pliskova winning Tashkent! 280 points. She goes from #93 to #60.

Willow Says:

Jalep sorry ive been so busy i didnt get the chance to e.mail you, worked so hard today im knackered ready for an early night ZZZZzzzz ….

jalep Says:

Oh, it’s okay! Just trying to get you into jalep_wildguess group of two and make it three 😘

But as I mentioned before, this does not take the place of RZ’z Tennis-x GS pool! I’m just excited about who is gonna make the year end final in Singapore.

And mildly interested who will make WTF of the ATP ;) Will Rafa make it? Or will Pouille mess it up? eek!

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