Wimbledon 2014: Former champ Petra Kvitova secures place in women's final again

Last Updated: 03/07/14 9:00pm

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Petra Kvitova's post-match press conference

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Petra Kvitova is through to the final of the Wimbledon women's singles after beating Lucie Safarova in straight sets.

The sixth seed, who won her only Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2011, beat her Czech Republic compatriot 7-6 (8/6) 6-1 in the first of Thursday's semi-finals.

The 24-year-old wrapped up victory in 80 minutes on Centre Court, serving eight aces and firing 24 winners.

Kvitova had won all five previous meetings against her fellow left-hander but was forced to dig deep in the opening set, eventually clinching it in a tie-break with a fierce cross-court return.

The second set was one-way traffic with 23rd seed Safarova winning just one game.

"It was a tough match mentally because she is good friend of mine and we know each other well on and off the court."
Petra Kvitova

Kvitova will play 13th seed Eugenie Bouchard for the title on Saturday after the Canadian beat third seed Simona Halep 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 in the other semi-final.

"It was a tough match mentally because she is good friend of mine and we know each other well on and off the court," said Kvitova," who beat Maria Sharapova in the 2011 final.

"I knew she would play her best tennis and she did. Happily I won.

"I tried to be focused in the tie-break then I broke early in the second set and served well after that.

"I really want to win my second title and I will do everything I can on Saturday."

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