Four semi-finals were played out on Friday, two each in Wuhan and Tashkent respectively. Both sets of matches lived up to expectations and in turn have made the final all the more interesting. The following are the details of the four matches played today: Wuhan Semi-finals Dominika Cibulkova overturned the opening set deficit to win against Svetlana Kuznetsova and be the first player to reach the final in Wuhan.
Kuznetsova looked to be comfortable against the 10th seed, against whom she’d lost four matches in a row prior to today’s encounter. A double break of serve – the pair traded breaks as well – in the first set saw the Russian get the opening set 6-3.
However, Cibulkova rallied back strongly in the latter two sets to get her fifth straight win over her rival. The Slovakian converted five of the 12 break point chances on Kuznetsova’s serve and saved six of the 10 break points on her serve.
Petra Kvitova, winner of the inaugural Wuhan Open in 2014, reached her second final in the tournament and improved her record in the event to 11-1. Kvitova routed fourth seed in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. Halep had no answers for Kvitova’s shots.
The 14th seed won 79% points off her first serve and 63% off her second serves to Halep winning 61% and 33% points off her first and second serves respectively. The Czech also saved all three break points on her serve and converted four of the 13 break points she had on Halep’s serve.
Kvitova has a 4-2 head-to-head against Cibulkova, though it’s the latter who has won their last two matches in Sydney in 2013 and in Indian Wells in 2014. Also Read Novak Djokovic out of China Open!