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TENNIS: Kvitkova reaches New Haven final

on August 24, 2014 1:19 AM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reached the finals of the Connecticut Open for the third straight year, beating Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-1 on Friday.

She will face a close friend, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, for the title. The 68th-ranked Rybarikova beat Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-4 in the first semifinal.

Kvitova, ranked No. 4, bombarded Stosur with 11 aces, nine in the first set, improving to 5-0 against the Australian in hard-court matches.

Kvitova broke Stosur’s serve to take an early 3-1 lead, one of her four service breaks in the match. She did not get much of a challenge on her own serve, facing just four break points.

Kvitova clinched the first set with three aces in the last game and cruised from there.

Kvitova won the tournament in 2012 and lost to Simona Halep in last year’s final.

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