Former two time Wuhan Open champion – Petra Kvitova is in the semi-finals of the event after taking out Dayana Yastremska in straight sets. Seeded 5th at the event, the Czech player outclassed her young rival 6-2, 6-4 in 1 hour and 13 minutes, smacking 13 winners en route that comfortable victory.
"I think she is definitely trying to play very aggressive, which as we see is really paying off. She's a good mover, as well. She has a lot of energy anyway. I tried to put the pressure on her at the first play on the court, which I think was probably the key of it," Kvitova said after the match.
"I love playing in Wuhan, as we all know. Yeah, I think it's about the timing. It's about the practices, which I finally made some when I was back home. So I'm glad that I was able to practice. Of course, with the practice, the timing and seeing the ball is better.
I'm just glad for that." Speaking about her match, Kvitova said, "I think every time is a challenge facing different opponents. She is pretty young, which is different a little bit," Kvitova said. "Definitely, she's young.
She needs some experiences, but very talented”. "On the other side, experience was on my side today. I don't know, for me it's more tougher to play someone who you didn't face before, not really depends on the age."
Next up for Kvitova is American Alison Riske, "With Alison, yeah, we played each other as well, but it's pretty long time," Kvitova said. "I think she is playing a little bit more flatter shots, trying to play more aggressive probably, as well. It will be similar game like today probably little bit."