Kvitova, Rybarikova into Birmingham final

Kvitova, Rybarikova into Birmingham final

Petra Kvitova is in terrific form of late.

Kvitova has yet to drop a set this week, and she continued her torrid progress against the Romanian, needing just over 70 minutes to notch the 6-3, 6-2 victory.

"I knew it was going to be a tough match, because she's such a tricky player and she's amazingly talented", Rybarikova, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals a year ago, said on-court.

"It took me a while from the beginning of the match to get used to a lefty serve and forehand and backhand", Kvitova said.

"I'll think about the final tomorrow", Rybarikova said.

"I didn't expect to come here and win the title". The two playerS met in the Prague final during the clay-court season in which Kvitova managed to grab the win, but this will be their first encounter on the grasS, which heavily favours the Czech.

Petra Kvitova displayed her credentials for a third Wimbledon title after beating Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to defend her title at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham Sunday. The amusing thing is that we played against each other only in semi-finals or finals.

The last time met at a tour level was in the New Haven final, where the Czech prevailed. "So it'll be fun to watch and fun to play, hopefully". "Then again, she had a break up and I was still fighting and still believing I can win it and I won that one".

"It does feel wonderful, " she said. "We hadn't played each other on this surface before". It's going to be quite amusing to play her. The amusing thing is that we played against each other only in semifinals or finals. "This is an fantastic result for me".

"It's really been an awesome two weeks I've had, having played so little in the grass in my career". Standing at 182cm, the left hander is able to generate plenty of speed on her serve, as well as from her groundstrokes. During practice, we played here today, but during the match, it's going to be something totally different. She won so fast all the matches.

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