Kvitova beats Martic, plays Cadantu in Katowice semi-finals

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Petra Kvitova, the BNP Paridbas Katowice Open’s top seed, was first up against Petra Martic of Croatia, ranked at 91, in the night session on Friday which wrapped up the quarter finals of this new destination on the WTA tour calendar. Playing on clay indoors, Kvitova had straight sets wins in her run to the quarters, while Martic had a tough three set battle in the first round and a relatively easy second round straight sets win in the second before coming up against Kvitova, whom she had beaten in their only previous encounter. On Friday the tables were turned on this stat, as the Czech took the match 6-3 6-2 with a masterful display of great serving and holding her nerve on the critical points in the match. Kvitova will take on Alexandra Cadantu in the semis.

Cadantu, ranked at 117, played Shahar Peer, ranked one place below her, in the second quarter final match on Friday. Cadantu came through the quallies and then caused a big upset when she beat 7th seed Sabine Lisicki in the first round before winning a long three setter in the second round to get to the quarters. Peer got into the main draw as a lucky loser and then fought for over three hours to win her first round match before an easy straight sets win in the second round in her run to the quarters. Cadantu won this match 5-7 6-3 6-3, having dropped the first set and then coming back from a break down in the decider for the victory in two hours and seven minutes on court.

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