Kvitova sets up Bouchard final

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Petra Kvitova beat Lucie Safarova in straight sets to set up a Wimbledon final against Eugenie Bouchard on Saturday.
Sixth-seeded Kvitova, who won her only Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2011, beat her Czech compatriot 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 while Canada’s Bouchard saw off third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 .
Kvitova, 24, who served eight aces and 24 outright winners in her 80-minute success, said: “It was a tough match mentally because she is good friend of mine.
“We know each other well on and off the court. I knew she would play her best tennis and she did, but happily I won.
“I tried to be focused in the tie-break then I broke early in the second set and served well after that. I really want to win my second title and I will do everything I can on Saturday.”
Halep, the highest seed left in the draw after the shock defeats of Serena Williams and Li Na, suffered a nasty fall in the fifth game of the opening set when she required attention after jarring her left ankle.
And the players were forced to suffer another lengthy break during the first-set tie-break when a fan was overcome by the 30-degree heat on Centre Court and had to be helped from the arena.
However, the distractions had little affect on Boucher who, despite matching her opponent’s 23 unforced errors, hit 20 winners to Halep’s 13 before securing victory on her sixth matchpoint.
“It was hard at the end. It took a lot of mental strength to get through that,” said 13th-seed Bouchard. “It’s my first Grand Slam final and probably my toughest match yet. I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“I never say I’m surprised because I put in a lot of hard work over the years. This has been a lot of years in the making. I expect a tough challenge in the final. She will go in prepared.
“It’s going to be really cool. I’m glad I got to stay at Wimbledon for two whole weeks. I’m going to give it my best effort in the final.” 

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