Petra Kvitova will face Jelena Ostapenko in the Eastbourne final | Tennis News
Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon winner looking to emulate her All England Club triumphs in 2011 and 2014.
The 32-year-old Czech may not be at her peak these days, but she remains a force on grass, as she showed battling to a 7-6 (7/5), 6 win -4 on the stubborn Beatriz Haddad Maia. in Friday’s semi-finals.
World number 31 Kvitova ended Brazilian Haddad Maia’s long winning streak to return to the final at Devonshire Park for the first time since finishing second 11 years ago.
In a brawl between powerful southpaws, Kvitova avenged last week’s loss to Haddad Maia in Birmingham.
Haddad Maia, whose memorable season on grass included titles at Nottingham and Birmingham, was beaten for the first time in 13 appearances.
Kvitova, who lost to Marion Bartoli in the 2011 Eastbourne final, faces former French Open champion Ostapenko in Saturday’s final.
The Latvian is the defending Eastbourne champion and remains on course for another title on south coast lawns after crushing Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 earlier on Friday.
Eighth-seeded Ostapenko, a 2017 Roland Garros winner, is also through to the Eastbourne doubles final with Ukrainian partner Lyudmyla Kichenok.
They will face Aleksandra Krunic and Magda Linette as Ostapenko will chase two titles in one week.
In the men’s singles final, 2019 Eastbourne winner Taylor Fritz will face French-American Maxime Cressy.
US world number 14 Fritz beat defending champion Alex De Minaur 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.
Cressy, the world number 60, beat Jack Draper 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (2/7), 6-3 to make it three wins over the British players in this year’s tournament.