Kvitova enters Birmingham final, to face Barty
24 Jun 2017 - 23:54
London: Petra Kvitova's comeback from a lengthy injury layoff gathered further momentum yesterday as she reached the Aegon Classic final in Birmingham after Lucie Safarova retired from their semi-final with a leg injury.
Twice Wimbledon champion Kvitova, playing in just her second tournament of the year, was 6-1, 1-0 up at the Edgbaston Priory Club when her Czech compatriot pulled out.
Kvitova will face Australian Ashleigh Barty who upset Spain's Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the other semi.
Kvitova is looking in impressive shape after her absence from the sport following a hand injury caused by a knife attack during an attempted robbery at her home in December.
She returned to action in the French Open, going out in the second round, but she has been confident and sharp on her favourite surface.
Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011 and again in 2014 and she is clearly buzzing with anticipation for the return to the All England Club which she has called her "home".
In another last-eight game Barty also had a walkover, with Italian Camila Giorgi retiring with a leg injury in the first set.