NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reached the finals of the Connecticut Open for the third straight year, beating Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-1 on Friday.
She will face a close friend, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, for the title. The 68th-ranked Rybarikova beat Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-4 in the first semifinal.
Kvitova, ranked No. 4, bombarded Stosur with 11 aces, nine in the first set, improving to 5-0 against the Australian in hard-court matches.
“It was hard to pick up her serve,” Stosur said. “Certain big points, she’d go to my forehand, then my backhand, so that was difficult.”
Kvitova broke Stosur’s serve to take an early 3-1 lead, one of her four service breaks in the match. She did not get much of a challenge on her own serve, facing just four break points.
Kvitova clinched the first set with three aces in the last game and cruised from there.
“I knew that Sam would keep her eye a little bit on her backhand (because) I have a left serve,” Kvitova said. “I was trying to mix it, as she doesn’t know where it’s going to be. Probably that was a good idea.”
Kvitova won the tournament in 2012 and lost to Simona Halep in last year’s final. But she came into New Haven having played just three times since winning her second Wimbledon title, losing in her second match in Montreal and her opener in Cincinnati.
“I think it’s important to have this before the U.S. Open,” Kvitova said. “I’m really glad with my form now.”