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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