Ruthless Errani sets up Kvitova final

ESPN staff
February 22, 2013

Petra Kvitova vanquished the improving Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-4 to earn a place in the final of the Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai.

The pair's head-to-head record suggested Kvitova held the cards for this meeting having won their last two encounters but the overall record was still 3-3.

Kvitova was brilliant at staving off break points against her, rescuing four out of Wozniacki's five opportunities.

"I'm really glad how I played - it was a great match," Kvitova said.

"We are different players. She tries to put the balls back, and I'm the person who is playing aggressively and going for the winners. So what happens in the match really depends on if I'm missing a lot or no, and I played well.

"The atmosphere here is really nice. I enjoyed every moment and I'm happy I'm in the final."

Sara Errani will face the Russian after winning an all-Italian affair against her doubles partner Roberta Vinci 6-3 6-3.

Both players are currently inside the world top 20 but 25-year-old Errani was the seeded player and backed that up on court with her main angle of attack coming on Vinci's second serve.

Vinci herself broke Errani's serve twice in both sets but lost her own serve a total of seven times in the one-hour-and-23-minute match.

"I just tried to play my game, tried to be as solid as I could," Errani said. "It's tough because we know each other very well and know how each other plays, so I had to do what she didn't think I would do. It's very difficult to play someone who knows what you're going to do in every shot."

Vinci said: "I had to play aggressive, but she missed probably two or three balls, and when you play against someone who doesn't miss any balls, it's tough to play long points every single point. She played better than me. But for sure I'm happy I played an unbelievable tournament - this is my first semi-final here and I won against two top tens."

Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011 while Errani is a French Open finalist from last year, their showdown takes place on Saturday.

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