Kvitova and Bouchard power through to Wuhan final

Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:47am EDT
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(Reuters) - A tournament plagued with falling seeds, withdrawals and retirements will at least enjoy a high-powered final after Petra Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard set up a showdown at the inaugural Wuhan Open on Friday.

Canadian Bouchard will get the chance to avenge her crushing defeat by Kvitova in the Wimbledon final after she dispatched U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-3.

Czech Kvitova beat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-3 7-5.

Whoever wins Saturday's final will seal a place in the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore next month.

Sixth seed Bouchard blasted 28 winners to overwhelm the resistance of Wozniacki who did not play badly.

"I think I played very aggressively, and it was all about trying to maintain it," Bouchard said.

"Of course I expected some resistance, and she definitely made me fight for every point, but I was happy with the way I was serving and stepping in and the way I kind of regathered by concentration."

Kvitova had lost her only previous meeting with Svitolina but was always the dominant player this time, winning the first set with ease and edging the second after surrendering an early break of service to the world number 34.

Organizers will be breathing a sigh of relief that they will at least have a marquee final.   Continued...

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during their women's singles semi-final match at the Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, Hubei province, September 26, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily