By Erik Gudris | Friday, August 22, 2014
Petra Kvitova put in a dominant performance over Sam Stosur to reach her third straight final in New Haven.
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Petra Kvitova showed off some of the sparkling form that took her to the Wimbledon title a few months ago in the Connecticut Open semifinals on Friday.
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The No. 2 seed Kvitova faced off against the recently in-form Sam Stosur in their semfinal. Kvitova secured an early break in the opening set and never looked back. Though Stosur threatened to break back, Kvitova stood her ground and held serve for a 4-1 lead.
From there, Kvitova marched on to a 6-3 first set. The second set proved even easier for the Czech lefty.
Taking hold of yet another break, Kvitova roared out to a 3-0 lead. Soon, Kvitova closed out the commanding 6-3, 6- 1 victory sending her back to the final for a third straight year.
Kvitova ripped 26 winners and just 15 unforced errors on the night. Afterwards, Kvitova said she knew she had to play at her best given Stosur's recent performances.
"I saw her match against Serena in Cincinnati...it was very tough and very close...so I knew she was playing well," Kvitova said to WTA.com. "I don't really look at the numbers but I knew I had to play well today. I just tried to play as beautiful a match as I could, and I'm happy I could play well against her tonight."
Kvitova won the New Haven title in 2012 and reached the final last year before falling to Simona Halep.
Earlier, Magdalena Rybarikova booked her spot into her first ever Premier final.
Taking on Italy's Camila Giorgi, Rybarikova won a hard fought 6-2, 6-4 match to reach her sixth WTA final.
Kvitova leads the overall head to head versus Rybarikova 4-1 though they have not played in over three years.