STUTTGART, April 26: World number three Petra Kvitova overcame a rocky start to beat Anastasija Sevastova in three sets and progress to the last four of the WTA tournament in Stuttgart on Friday.
Latvia’s Sevastova sprung a surprise early on, breaking twice to take a 4-0 lead before going on to win the first set.
Yet Kvitova came back to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and reach the last four in Stuttgart for the third time in her career.
Along with Japanese world number one Naomi Osaka, Kvitova is one of the favourites in Stuttgart.
She will face either Victoria Azarenka or Anett Kontaveit in the semi-finals on Saturday, before potentially meeting Osaka in Sunday’s final. (AFP)
Nishikori beats Roberto Carballes Baena, battles into Barcelona Open semi-finals
Barcelona, April 26: Japan’s two-time Barcelona Open champion Kei Nishikori won a clay slugfest with Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 7-5 on Friday to move into the semi-finals for a fourth time.
Nishikori will take on Russian Daniil Medvedev on Saturday after the seventh seed stopped lucky loser Nicolas Jarry of Chile 6-3, 6-4.
Nishikori, the winner here in 2014 and 2015, served out victory after his 104th-ranked opponent slipped in the penultimate game and appeared to strain a right thigh muscle. (AFP)