Petra Kvitova continues recent renaissance by advancing into Dubai final

Petra Kvitova backhand

Petra Kvitova continued her brilliant resurgence by beating Su-Wei Hsieh to reach the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The Czech star was the victim of a knife attack at her own home in 2016 that almost ended her career, but 2019 has seen he return to her best.

She started the year by winning the title in Sydney before losing an epic Australian Open final to Naomi Osaka.

She, though, now has a chance to continue that momentum after coming from a set down to win her semi-final 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

“She is a very tricky player,” Kvitova said of Hsieh.

“I didn’t play that well in the first set. But I came back strong in the next two sets.

“I knew I needed to be a bit patient with her. It’s not really easy to make those winners against her.

“I honestly didn’t expect to be in the final here. So it’s great for me. I am very happy. It’s a big bonus for me. Now I need to recover well for the final.”

Kvitova will face Belinda Bencic in Saturday’s final after the Swiss youngster carved out another exceptional win, this time against Elina Svitolina.

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