Czech mates Kvitova, Safarova in New Haven final

Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:20pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova will meet in an all-Czech final at the Connecticut Open after the compatriots enjoyed straight sets wins in their respective semi-final matches in New Haven on Friday.

Defending champion and second seed Kvitova found herself 5-3 down in the first set against Caroline Wozniacki but stormed back to win 10 of the next 11 games to secure a 7-5 6-1 win over the Dane.

Earlier, fourth seed Safarova ended Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko's giant-killing run by fending off some late resistance for a 6-2 7-6(4) victory.

Kvitova has a 6-0 career record against fellow left-hander Safarova but is not taking the final for granted.

"Her game is improving a lot," Kvitova said of her sometimes practice partner Safarova in a courtside interview.

"We know each other well from Fed Cups and off the court as well. She's very dangerous and fast. I think the court can suit her game as well.

"It's nice to have a Czech final for sure. It's amazing how many players (three) we have right now in the top 10."

The powerful Kvitova played with her usual aggression against third seed Wozniacki, hitting 33 winners in the first set, which lasted more than an hour.

However, Kvitova also made her fair share of unforced errors and Wozniacki used her speedy court coverage to eke out a break and serve for the set.   Continued...

Aug 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Lucie Safarova (CZE) returns a shot against Belinda Bencic (not pictured) on day six during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Linder Family Tennis Center. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports