Kvitova beats Pironkova to semis

World number eight Petra Kvitova is through to the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Petra Kvitova has beaten Tvsetana Pironkova to advance to the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Following a late start due to rain, Kvitova took to the first set with expediency and led 5-1. Pironkova struggled up to three games before losing the set.

The second set was a more even affair. Although the Czech world number eight gained a 4-1 lead in a tie-break, the Bulgarian took the match to three sets with a 7-5 win.

The third set mirrored the first in terms of dominance, with Kvitova winning 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 in just over two hours.

Both Kvitova and Pironkova reached the semi-finals of last year’s tournament.

Kvitova will face the winner of Tamira Paszek and Victoria Azarenka’s match in the next round.

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