WTA Prague: Kvitova powers through to reach semis. Zhang and Giorgi advance



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WTA Prague: Kvitova powers through to reach semis. Zhang and Giorgi advance

World number 10 and the 2nd seed here in Prague Petra Kvitova is still on the title course after a 6-3 6-3 win over the fellow Czech and the 8th seed Katerina Siniakova in an hour and 10 minutes for her third semi-final of the season. Petra served well and she had to play against only two break points, losing serve on both but compensating that with an interest on the return, creating eight break chances and stealing Siniakova's serve five times to prevail in straight sets.

They traded breaks in the opening two games and we saw five easy holds after that, with Siniakova serving at 3-4. Petra earned a break that pushed her 5-3 ahead and she sealed the set with a hold at love in game nine. Katerina gave her serve away at the start of set number two as well and Kvitova raced into a 5-2 lead with another break in game seven, serving for the win in the following game.

Still, Siniakova made one last push to pull one break back and reduce the deficit to 5-3 but her efforts were in vain, as Petra broke again in game nine to complete the win and reach the last four in front of the home crowd.

Camila Giorgi will play in her second semi-final of the season after a commanding 6-2 6-3 win over Samantha Stosur in an hour and 22 minutes. Stosur has won the only previous match they played at the US Open 2016 but she stood no chance today, facing 13 break points and giving her serve away four times.

Camila controlled the pace with her serve and from the baseline, fending off all three break points she faced to keep the pressure on the Australian all the time. The Italian found her range right from the start and she broke Stosur in the opening game of the match to gain the advantage.

Another good return game from Giorgi followed in game seven and she captured the opener with a hold at 15 a few minutes later. They wasted two break points each in games three and four of set number two and it was Camila who took charge in the rest of the encounter, breaking her rival in game five and sealing the deal with another break at love in game nine to reach the semis in style. Quarter-final results:

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