Playing Caroline Wozniacki for the 12th time, Petra Kvitova recorded her seventh victory over the Dane pretty dominantly, 6-1 6-4, to take the final spot in the China Open quarterfinals.
After a tentative start to the match, the 12th-seeded Kvitova converted her fourth break point in the third game and Wozniacki had less and less answers to her powerful serves, quickly losing the first set with two winners to five unforced errors, compared to Kvitova’s 17 winners to eight unforced errors.
The second set was more competitive, as Kvitova had to save break points at the onset and things went with serve until the tenth game, when the Czech converted her sole break opportunity of the set, winning the match on her first match point.
Kvitova’s next opponent will be compatriot Barbora Strycova, while other quarterfinal pairs are: third seed Elina Svitolina vs. Caroline Garcia, ninth seed Jelena Ostapenko vs. Sorana Cirstea, who shocked Karolina Pliskova earlier today, and Daria Kasatkina vs. second seed Simona Halep, who progressed to the last eight by finally defeating Maria Sharapova.
Petra is slowly improving day by day. I hope next season she’ll be more fit. Still, a decent run in SF on China Open.