Kvitova and Clijsters into Paris final

Updated: 13 February 2011 11:05 IST

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic reached the final of the Paris Open on Saturday after coasting to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Kvitova and Clijsters into Paris final

Paris:

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic reached the final of the Paris Open on Saturday after coasting to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.


World number 18 Kvitova took less than an hour to eliminate 48th-ranked Mattek-Sands and set up a final date with Kim Clijsters of Belgium.

Kvitova's last tournament victory was at Brisbane last month.

The 20-year-old then had a storming run at the Australian Open, where she upset local hope Samantha Stosur on her way to a second Grand Slam quarter-final appearance.

"I felt really comfortable," said Kvitova. "I played very well and I'm pleased to have won more quickly than the other times this week.

"I don't think I'll be stressed against Kim. She is the best female player at the moment and I'll have nothing to lose.

"I should just make the most of it."

Clijsters, the Australian Open champion who on Monday will be named as the WTA's number one ranked player for the third time in her career, booked her final ticket with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Estonian third seed Kaia Kanepi.

"She wasn't as aggressive at the start as I'd predicted," said Clijsters.

"I was reading her serve pretty well and she wasn't getting many first serves in either. That worked in my favour."

On her opponent in the final, Clijsters opined: "She's one of the players who I've seen progress the most since I came back (from retirement in August 2009).

"These last few months, she's much more solid and consistent during her matches. She's dangerous, she plays in an aggressive way and always wants to go forward."



Topics : Tennis Maria Sharapova Kim Clijsters Petra Kvitova
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