Kvitova sets up Na showdown in Rogers Cup final

ESPN staff
August 12, 2012
Petra Kvitova battled her way into the final © Getty Images

Petra Kvitova fought her way past Caroline Wozniacki to progress to the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Sunday.

Rain delays added to the tension in the third set before Kvitova sealed a 3-6 6-2 6-3 victory over the former world No. 1. Kvitova stepped up her service game in the final two sets, dropping just 10 points on her delivery as she forced her way into the final.

Kvitova, the fifth seed, started the match in shaky fashion, with Wozniacki breaking her opponent's serve on three occasions to steal the march on the Czech. Indeed, Wozniacki stormed to a 5-1 lead in the opening set and appeared to be cruising.

However, Kvitova picked up her serve and groundstrokes in the second, as she too moved to a commanding 5-1 lead. Parity was restored soon after before the inclement weather closed in to halt play.

The lengthy rain delay only prolonged Wozniacki's agony as Kvitova resumed where she left off to book a place in her first WTA final of the year. Wozniacki battled on despite requiring medical attention for a knee complaint, but there was no stopping Kvitova, who broke the Dane's serve twice in the final set to move into the decider.

Kvitova will face Li Na in the final after the former French Open champion also battled from a set down to defeat Lucie Safarova 3-6 6-3 7-5.

Safarova led 5-1 in the final set, but suffered a complete capitulation as Li rallied to book her place in the final at the Uniprix Stadium.

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