Petra Kvitova came out on top in the battle of Grand Slam champions as she hammered Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko to reach the semi-finals of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.
The two-time Wimbledon champion was ruthless from start to finish, needing just 57 minutes to storm to a 6-0, 6-2 victory, today, Thursday to power into her first semi-final since Beijing last October.
A bagel first set for the Czech saw her strike eight winners in six games, as she routinely pinned French Open champion Ostapenko at the back of the court with a barrage of powerful groundstrokes.
In the second set, Ostapenko stayed on serve over the first five games, but two double faults in a costly sixth game of the set helped Kvitova claim the decisive break for the match.
“It was just about a few games I was serving, especially the first game of the match when I was facing two break points,” Kvitova said.
“At the end of the second set, a lot of deuces. I served pretty well today. I’m really happy I was able to keep my serve and wasn’t broken so it was great.”
Kvitova will face Julia Goerges for a place in the final.