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23 May 2024

Dubai Tennis: Kvitova vs Errani in final

By Ajanta Paul

Sara Errani and Petra Kvitova will battle it out for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title after both won their respective semi-finals convincingly.

Errani beat Roberta Vinci 6-3 6-3 and Kvitova defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-4.

Petra Kvitova was on fire in the centre court dominating Caroline Wozniacki throughout the game.

The super quick response from Kvitova on every occasion caught Wozniacki by surprise. She had too much power for Wozniacki to handle and will be a favourite to win against Errani.

Kvitova broke Wozniacki's serve early in the game and then resisted two break points to hold for 3-1 before breaking again for the set with a powerful backhand winner.

Wozniacki found difficulty in dealing with her opponent's power and failed to make the most of her opportunities, especially in the second set.

The Danish tennis player looked wobbly from the start.

Kvitova's assault was continuous and she didn't hesitate to come to the net.  She mixed her shots and her backhand was equally good as her forehand to rattle Wozniacki.

"It was very difficult, especially in the first set," Wozniacki admitted. "I didn't feel like I had many chances. You know, she just went for every shot and hit it deep and I came under pressure straightaway.

"But, you know, I thought I served well. In the second set I think I had my chances, and I probably should have taken them but I didn't."

Kvitova, who never won a match before in Dubai, is now into her first final facing Errani.

In the first semi-finals Errani was in an attacking form breaking Vinci in the very first game. The two doubles partner, who often shared the same side of the net faced each other and Errani displayed tougher mettle.

"I just tried to play my game, tried to be more solid as I can," Errani said. "Of course it's very tough because we know each other very well, so it is like to play so she cannot think that I'm going to do.

"So it's not a match that I just see normally and say, 'Try to play your game'. It's tension. It's tough. And it's tough to play against one person who knows what you're going to do in every shot. It's difficult."

Both sets were closely contested with numerous breaks of serve.

Vinci seemed rattled from the very beginning facing her best friend. "It's not easy to play against her, for me. But I think she played a good game today," Vinci said.

"For me, it was tough because I had to play aggressive. When you play against someone who doesn't miss any balls, it's tough to play every single point a long point. She is better than me today."

Vinci looked nervous from the beginning but tried to recover in the second set.