Kvitova will now play against Vera Zvonareva, who beat her Russian compatriot Maria Kirilenko comfortably 6-3, 6-3. The semifinals match is scheduled for Friday.
No.2 seed Maria Sharapova was forced to retire in her quarterfinal match against Czech Petra Kvitova at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. The Russian twisted her ankle with Kvitova leading 4-3 in the first set and it didn’t look promising for her as she immediately called for a trainer. This was a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final, where the Czech beat her in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.