Kvitova retains Birmingham title

Magdalena Rybarikova Birmingham 2018

Awaiting her in Sunday's final will be Magdalena Rybarikova, who beat Barbora Strycova 7-6 (1), 6-4 to reach the Birmingham final for a second time.

Up next for Kvitova is 2009 victor Magdalena Rybarikova, who returns to the final with an impressive 7-6 (1) 6-4 victory over Czech Barbora Strycova.

The world number eight now leads the WTA in wins (37) and titles (five) this year, but she was initially troubled by Rybarikova, who threatened an upset after taking the first set. The win was her 51st career victory on grass, and she leapfrogs Simona Halep with a tour-leading 36 wins this season.

"It does feel wonderful", she said.

"I'll think about the final tomorrow", Rybarikova said. "So far this season is incredible, and I really can't imagine a better season so far".

"I think it was at the end a good match, maybe a cruel the result", said Rybarikova. "Like I said, she's a really great player and she's the favourite of this match". The amusing thing is that we played against each other only in semi-finals or finals.

The last time met at a tour level was in the New Haven final, where the Czech prevailed. Last year, Kvitova lost in the second round to America's Madison Brengle at Wimbledon, so she has plenty of points to gain at that event and with her track record at the Major suggests she is one of the contenders to lift the title for a 3rd time. "So it'll be fun to watch and fun to play, hopefully".

She won the Birmingham title in 2009. "It's a little bit of a different mindset with a Grand Slam, and I will try to set up my mind for this tournament". I was just keeping up the good performance on it. "She's a really great player and she's the favorite of this match". "She's such a tricky player and she's amazingly talented". "This is an awesome result for me". During practice we played here today.

In the Mallorca final, No. seed Anastasija Sevastova, a victor over Sam Stosur, will take on Tatjana Maria who ousted American teen Sofia Kenin in three sets.

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