Kvitova beats Wickmayer, reaches Paris semi-finals

Updated: 12 February 2011 10:32 IST

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Open Gaz de France.

Paris:

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Open Gaz de France.

Kvitova will face either Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States or Andrea Petkovic of Germany.

Kim Clijsters of Belgium can clinch the No. 1 ranking if she defeats Jelena Dokic of Australia in a later match on Friday.

Kvitova double-faulted to lose the first set to Wickmayer. But the fourth-seeded lefty broke for a 4-3 lead in the second set when Wickmayer netted a backhand. Kvitova evened the match on a double fault from the seventh-seeded Belgian.

Kvitova took a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker and converted her second match point when an approach shot from Wickmayer sailed long.

Topics : Tennis Yanina Wickmayer Petra Kvitova
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