Kvitova wins Birmingham title to boost Wimbledon bid

Kvitova wins Birmingham title to boost Wimbledon bid

In the final, she'll meet Wimbledon semifinal Magdalena Rybarikova who was a 7-6 (1), 6-4 victory over Kvitova's countrywoman Barbora Strycova.

The theme continued into the start of the third and the match was all but over after a second break as Rybarikova sent the ball long, allowing Kvitova to cruise through the closing stages.

Kvitova's victory was her 36th of the season, more than any other player on the WTA Tour, while Sunday's final will be her fifth of the season.

"For me, Petra is one of the best players when she is playing really on fire".

"I just tried to go on the court, play my own game and focus on each point and take it as an ordinary match".

Petra Kvitova is one match away from successfully defending her title in Birmingham, after beating world No. 30 Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-2 in their semifinal clash on Saturday.

A double fault from Rybarikova led to another break and her continual errors ensured the match was swiftly levelled.

Up next for Kvitova is 2009 victor Magdalena Rybarikova, who returns to the final with an impressive 7-6 (1) 6-4 victory over Czech Barbora Strycova. "She's an fantastic player, so young and so many achievements until now and so many to come".

That, however, was on clay - and on grass right now Kvitova looks better than anyone. Rybarikova, meanwhile, will be eager to capitalise on her first finals appearance since October of a year ago.

"I'm nearly always expected to win, so it's never really easy going into a match in a semifinal at a tournament that I really like. It's a little bit of a different mindset with a Grand Slam, and I will try to set up my mind for this tournament".

She will need to do that in Sunday's final against Magdalena Rybarikova. "We are friends. We are watching the football every night". "It was a really tough match and I knew I had to fight until the end". Until I met her in Prague final, I didn't really know much about her.

Kvitova played her worst service game of the tournament in the third game, twice hitting wide and once putting a usually trusty forehand drive into the net.

"When she's on fire, you can go shake her hand and say, 'Okay, I just want to leave from here.' She plays absolutely wonderful".

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