WTA Madrid: Petra Kvitova dismantles Daria Kasatkina for ninth win in a row

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WTA Madrid: Petra Kvitova dismantles Daria Kasatkina for ninth win in a row

A two-time Madrid champion Petra Kvitova has advanced to her fourth semi-final of the season (he won the title in three previous occasions) after a dominant 6-4 6-0 triumph against the young Russian Daria Kasatkina in 65 minutes. These two have never played before and the more experienced player had a clear advantage, controlling her shots beautifully to completely overpower her opponent from the baseline and in serving department.

The Czech lost just four points behind her first serve and she saved two out of three break points to keep the pressure on Kasatkina who couldn't deal with it, struggling in almost every point and losing more than 50% of the points in her games to give serve away five times from nine opportunities Kvitova created.

Petra opened the match in a rock solid style and besides some problems in the closing stages of the opening set she played a flawless match to set the semi-final clash with her compatriot Karolina Pliskova who dethroned Simona Halep earlier today.

Petra kept the points on her racquet, finishing the match with 26 winners and 18 unforced errors and Daria found the way to strike just six winners and 13 errors, never finding her rhythm after that grueling match against Muguruza last night.

Kvitova raced into a 5-2 lead, losing three points in four service games and earning a break in the second game, and Kasatkina had to play against a set point on serve in game eight. She saved it and broke back to reduce the deficit to 5-4 but her efforts were in vain, as Petra grabbed another break in game 10 to close the set 6-4.

There was only one player on the court in set number two and Kvitova lost just 11 points in six games to seize all of those and serve a bagel against the rival who had nothing more left in the tank. This was the ninth straight win for Petra who won Prague last week and it should be interesting to see her against Karolina tomorrow night. Quarter-final result:


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