Kvitova, Bouchard to meet in Wuhan final
WUHAN, China — Eugenie Bouchard will be hoping for a slightly different outcome when she plays Petra Kvitova for the inaugural Wuhan Open title today in a rematch of their Wimbledon final.
Kvitova overwhelmed Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in 55 minutes to win her second Wimbledon trophy in July in what was the most lopsided women’s final in 22 years.
This time, the young Canadian says she’ll be ready.
“I hope tomorrow I can kind of do my thing more on the court and not get, I don’t know, maybe pushed around so much,” she said. “I need my revenge. I’m going to try really hard to get that.”
Both women advanced with dominating performances in the Wuhan semifinals on Friday. Kvitova saved five of six break points to beat Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 7-5, while Bouchard overpowered Caroline Wozniacki with heavy groundstrokes in a 6-2, 6-3 victory.
Kvitova will be aiming for her third title of the year — and more importantly, a spot in the season-ending WTA Championships in Singapore. Bouchard will be going for her second career title.
At the All England Club this summer, the big-hitting Czech left-hander never let Bouchard into the final. She put pressure on Bouchard’s serve and dictated points with aggressive groundstrokes from the baseline, keeping Bouchard off balance and out of sorts.
The Canadian said she learned a lot from her first Grand Slam final.
“I didn’t impose myself enough in the Wimbledon final, and she was the one kind of controlling the points all the time,” Bouchard said. “She played really, really well, so there wasn’t too much I could do.”
Kvitova, though, says it wasn’t as lopsided as it looked — and she expects just as tough a match in Wuhan.
“I don’t think that she was weak in Wimbledon,” she said. “She’s trying to take balls very early and she’s returning very well, so that’s something that she does great.”
SHENZHEN OPEN: At Shenzhen, China, Andy Murray is one win away from his first final of the year after beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-3, 7-5 in the Shenzhen Open quarterfinals.
Murray saved all four break points he faced.
He hasn’t reached a final since winning Wimbledon last year, after which he needed back surgery and didn’t return until this year. He accepted a wild card into Shenzhen to improve his ranking from 11th into the top eight, thereby qualifying for the ATP Finals in London in November.
Today, Murray will take on Juan Monaco of Argentina, who eliminated third-seeded Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7), 6-4 with a break in the last game. Monaco has reached the semis for the third time in his last four events.