Kvitova Advances To Finals At New Haven Open

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Petra Kvitova (Photo Credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Petra Kvitova (Photo Credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

By PAT EATON-ROBB,  Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Defending champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic beat countrywoman Klara Zakopalova 6-0, 6-1 on Friday to return to the finals of the New Haven Open.

Kvitova, who had fought through three, three-set matches en route to the semifinals, dominated her friend in a meeting that lasted only 50 minutes.

Zakopalova won just 23 of the 76 points in the match. She earned only three points in the second set before holding serve, closing to 5-1 with her only game win of the match

Kvitova ended things on her serve, striking an ace on the final point.

Kvitova, ranked No. 9 in the world, will face the winner of Friday night’s second semifinal between four-time New Haven champion Caroline Wozniacki and Romanian Simona Halep.

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