Petra Kvitova is one win away from claiming her second Grand Slam title after defeating Lucie Safarova 7-6 6-1 in the first of the ladies semi-finals on Thursday. Petra played a very consistent match, something she has struggled to do in the past, there were no lapses in concentration at all. Safarova can walk off court with her head held high, she certainly didn't play a bad game, she actually played quite well (particularly in the opening set).
It was Kvitova who jumped out of the blocks well, breaking Safarova in the very first game of the match. Lucie would break straight back as she matched Kvitova for much of the opening set. Both ladies served very well, neither faced another break point as they each held to send the opening set into a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker was equally close, Kvitova took the first mini break but Safarova hit back. At 6-6 in the tiebreaker, the set was anyones for the taking and it was Kvitova who stepped up to take the first set 7-6. Safarova hit 13 winners to just 4 unforced errors in the opening set, she really did play quite well. It was always going to be hard for Lucie to come back from here given how well she played but still came up short.
The second set was all about Kvitova. When Safarova went down an early break in the second set her resistance was seemingly broken. Kvitova served amazingly well throughout the match, Safarova struggled to get a read on the direction of her compatriots serve. In the end it was a clinical performance from the 2011 champion, hitting 24 winners and firing down 8 aces.