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Mihaela Buzarnescu Birmingham 2018

Buzarnescu moves into her first WTA Premier-level semi-final, where she will face defending champion Petra Kvitova, who breezed past Julia Goerges 6-1, 6-4. She opened her tournament with an impressive 6-2 6-3 win over the third seed Karolina Pliskova, before dropping her only set of the tournament in a 3-6 6-2 6-1 comeback win over Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic. The two playerS met in the Prague final during the clay-court season in which Kvitova managed to grab the win, but this will be their first encounter on the grasS, which heavily favours the Czech.

"[We] have been practicing here this week, we always practice when we're in tournaments together", Kvitova said of the Slovak.

But Kvitova proved a different proposition for the remainder of the match, breaking twice in the second set, while only having to save a single break point against her serve. "So far this season is incredible, and I really can't imagine a better season so far". "There's a little bit of a difference, so you just need to think a little bit differently, which I did".

"I think it will be fun for both of us", Kvitova said.

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Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova plays a shot during her quarter-final against Germany's Julia Goerges during day five of the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, England, Friday June 22, 2018.

"We're good friends [Magdalena and I], so it'll be a fun final". I remember our last meeting was in New Haven in a final as well.

Rybarikova, who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon past year, thrives on grass, with her flat groundstroke game giving her the edge in a closely contested match. "So it'll be fun to watch and fun to play, hopefully". I was just keeping up the good performance on it. "She's an awesome player, so young and so many achievements until now and so many to come. When I broke her serve, it was a little bit kind of better for me". I mean, the first match, that was awesome match for me, to beat Karolina [Pliskova].

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