Kvitova ends Garcia's dream run to enter Wuhan semis

Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:10am EDT
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(Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova ended the dream run of France's Caroline Garcia with a clinical performance to reach the semi-finals of the Wuhan Open on Thursday.

Kvitova, the highest seed standing at the hard court tournament after the exits of top two seeds Serena Williams and Romanian Simona Halep, defeated Garcia 6-3 6-4 in the $2.4 million inaugural WTA event.

The 24-year-old Czech broke Garcia, ranked 49 in the world, once in each set to win the quarter-final.

Garcia, 20, accounted for former world number one Venus Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska enroute to the last eight in the tournament but too many unforced errors hurt her on Thursday.

"I know Garcia had a great week here, that she beat Venus and Aga 7-6 in the third. You always have to be prepared for a fight," Kvitova said.

"I knew that she can play really well, and that she can serve well and play very aggressively from the baseline, so I knew that I had to be ready for her.

"It was quite humid and hot today, and I was really sweating a lot, but the court feels faster, which is something that probably suits my game a lot. I'm serving well, so that's helpful too."

The victory also kept twice Wimbledon champion Kvitova on course for qualifying for the year-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.

Kvitova will become the fourth player to qualify for the eight-woman season-ending championships if she triumphs in Wuhan. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep have already booked their places.   Continued...

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic serves to Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz