Kvitova and Vinci into Katowice final

Petra Kvitova and Roberta Vinci, top two seeds, will face each other in the final of the BNP Paribas Katowice Open.

Top seed Petra Kvitova moved into the final with a 6-0 6-4 victory over Alexandra Cadantu that featured many long games. The Czech established a strong 6-0 4-0 lead, as Cadantu wasted 15 game points, but then in the 11th game Cadantu won her serve to love and went on to win three more games to level in the second set, before Kvitova eventually prevailed.

Second seed Roberta Vinci needed just 49 minutes to get past first-time WTA semifinalist Annika Beck 6-1 6-0. The Italian won her previous match, the quarterfinal against Karolina Pliskova, with the same score, losing just the first game of the encounter, and so when she built a 3-0 lead in the first set of the semi it was the 15th game in a row for her.

The Katowice Open final will be the second meeting of Kvitova and Vinci. The first one was at Wimbledon 2011, en route to Kvitova’s one and only Grand Slam title. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)

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