World No 10 Petra Kvitova booked a Madrid Open final date with Kiki Bertens after an impressive victory over Karolina Pliskova.
Kvitova, a two-time winner in Madrid [2011 and 2015], overcame the sixth seed 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 on Friday evening, and will now aim for her 24th career singles title in Saturday’s showdown.
Pliskova had struck the first blow with a break in the opening game, but Kvitova levelled up at 4-4 – only to be broken once again.
However, Pliskova could not serve out for the set, with Kvitova going on to win a topsy-turvy tie-break 7-4.
Kvitova continued that momentum into the second set, breaking in the first and then final game to wrap up the win in one hour and 46 minutes.
Earlier in the day, Bertens brushed aside seventh seed Caroline Garcia with a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 victory after just one hour and eight minutes on court.
Having dispatched Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals on Thursday, Bertens’ fine form continued as she breezed through the opening set in 32 minutes after two breaks of serve.
The Dutch world No 20, who won her fifth WTA title in Charleston last month, was equally as ruthless in the second set, breaking the Garcia serve twice to seal the win.
The Masters 1000 Series continues throughout this week with our coverage of the ATP Madrid Open semi-finals on Sky Sports Arena starting from 3pm on Saturday.
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