Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bertens sets up St Petersburg final with Vekic

Bertens sets up St Petersburg final with Vekic

Getting past Donna Vekic was not so simple, though, and the world number 30 picked up her first win over Kvitova with a 6-4 6-1 triumph.

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Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova struggled with her serve and was eliminated from the St. Petersburg Open in Russian Federation on Friday, 1 February after losing to eighth-seeded Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1 in the quarter-finals.

Aryna Sabalenka and Kiki Bertens have played twice in the past.

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Vekic is into the semifinals of the Premier event where she faces former world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva. She hits the ball really hard, So I had to stay aggressive where I could and just try to return the balls back where I couldn't. "So I'm really happy to win today".

Vekic had all the answers to Kvitova's game, showing great athleticism to run down her drop shots and going toe-to-toe with her from the baseline - the Czech's mistakes proving costly.

The second set was nearly a carbon copy of the first as Vekic produced two more early breaks to claim her place before sealing her victory with a backhand volley after one hour 10 minutes on court. "Now I'm in the semi-final and I'm really happy about that".

Second seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands overpowered the local favourite Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 in one hour 31 minutes to gain revenge for the second-round defeat at this year's Australian Open. This match will be much tougher for Sabalenka but considering her recent form, the world number 10 will feel confident.

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