Petra Kvitova battles back to claim Nature Valley Classic title in Birmingham

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Petra Kvitova, who hopes a successful title defense at the Birmingham Classic would help her bid to win Wimbledon for a third time, on Friday moved into the semi-finals with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Germany's Julia Goerges. Magdalena was not to be denied and she broke again in game seven to grab the lead for the second time, bringing it home after saving a break point in game 10 for a 6-4.

The 28-year-old Czech, who has lifted four WTA titles this year, dominated the contest with 20 winners and saved all three break points she faced to progress to her sixth career semi-final on grass.

Rybarikova has also played well on her way to the final, dropping just a single set along the way.

"Amazing statistics this week", Kvitova said.

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"I'm already pleased with this part of the season", Kvitova continued. "I didn't start well in Australia, but now I can't imagine a better season so far". Kvitova improves to 2-0 against Rybarikova on the WTA, having also defeated the Slovak in the final of the Connecticut Open in 2014.

"[Magdalena and I] have been practicing here this week, we always practice when we're in tournaments together", Kvitova said. "She's an fantastic player, so young and so many achievements until now and so many to come". "We are friends. We are watching the football every night".

The last time met at a tour level was in the New Haven final, where the Czech prevailed. "So it'll be fun to watch and fun to play, hopefully". She has a little bit different serve as well. "This is an fantastic result for me". I was just keeping up the good performance on it. She has not had a great deal of success on the grass, but her brand of tennis is something that has translated substantially on all surfaces and it is something that Kvitova will be wary on in the second face-off on Saturday's semifinal day.

In the Mallorca final, No. seed Anastasija Sevastova, a victor over Sam Stosur, will take on Tatjana Maria who ousted American teen Sofia Kenin in three sets.

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