• Kvitova, Bouchard to play Wimbledon rematch in Wuhan

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    Petra Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard. AFP PHOTOS

    Petra Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard. AFP PHOTOS

    WUHAN, China: Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard will play a rematch of their Wimbledon final when they meet in the climax of the $2.4 million WTA Wuhan Open after winning their semifinals on Friday.

    World number three Kvitova is vying for her third title of the year and will seal a place in the end of season championships in Singapore if she wins the finals of the inaugural tournament.

    The Czech advanced in the semifinals at the expense of Elina Svitolina, who put in another feisty performance which defied her lowly 34th place in the rankings.

    Kvitova broke serve in the sixth game to lead 4-2 in the first set, and maintained her two game advantage to finish the opener 6-4.

    Kvitova will join the top eight players for the Singapore finale if she wins in Wuhan. Those who have already made it to the WTA Finals include world number one Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova (4) and Simona Halep (2).

    The 24-year-old will meet world number nine Bouchard in Wuhan for a replay of their Wimbledon final, which Kvitova won convincingly 6-3, 6-0.

    Kvitova has also won in New Haven last month, her second title of the 2013 season.

    Canadian Bouchard, the sixth seed in Wuhan, beat eighth-seeded Wozniacki in their semifinals match 6-2, 6-3.

    Both players—who are also chasing points to make the WTA Finals—played an aggressive game.

    Wozniacki appeared to have sustained a minor hamstring injury which she received treatment for in the fourth game of the second set.

    The first break point of the set came two games later, which Bouchard survived, and the Canadian then broke Wozniacki to make it 4-3 before going on to clinch the match.

    “I think I played very well aggressively, and it was all about trying to maintain it,” Bouchard said,

    The Wuhan Open, in the central province of Hubei features the world’s top 20 women players, with the exception of recently retired local hero Li Na.

    AFP

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