Kvitova looking forward to locking horns with Safarova

Petra Kvitova is the only remaining former grand slam champion in the women’s draw and the 2011 Wim­bledon winner takes a 5-0 head-to-head lead over her opponent in the semi-finals, Lu­cie Safarova.

Reem Abulleil
by Reem Abulleil
3rd July 2014

article:3rd July 2014

Fine form: Petra Kvitova believes she is playing her best tennis at this year's Wimbledon.
Fine form: Petra Kvitova believes she is playing her best tennis at this year's Wimbledon.

Petra Kvitova is the only remaining former grand slam champion in the women’s draw and the 2011 Wim­bledon winner takes a 5-0 head-to-head lead over her opponent in the semi-finals, Lu­cie Safarova.

It will be Kvitova’s third Czech opponent of the fortnight having already taken out Andrea Hlavackova in the first round and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the quarters.


Despite beating Safaro­va three times this year – in Doha, Madrid and Eastbourne – she’s ex­pecting a gruelling fight today.

“It’s going to be my third match against a Czech girl this Wimble­don, which is unusual. The last time we played was in Eastbourne. It was a big fight and I’m expecting a tough battle again,” said sixth-seeded Kvitova.

“She’s playing amaz­ing and she’s in the semi-finals, so it’s going to be a great match I think.”

Safarova will be playing the first grand slam semi-final of her career and it’s surprising it has come at Wimbledon – a tournament where she had lost in the first or second round for the past six years.

Kvitova however has made the quarter-finals or better for five con­secutive Wimbledons and admits she enters the last four with a huge amount of confidence.

“I’m aggressive, definitely more so than last year, or the previous tourna­ments. I just feel the grass and I know that it suits me well,” she said.


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