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Kvitova books semi-final spot

London – Petra Kvitova booked a Wimbledon semi-final showdown against fellow Czech Lucie Safarova after ending the giant-killing run of Barbora Zahlavova Strycova with a 6-1, 7-5 victory on Tuesday.

Kvitova, the sixth seed, won her only Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2011 and is now just two wins away from emulating that achievement thanks to her dominant quarter-final display on Centre Court.

Petra Kvitova booked a Wimbledon semi-final showdown against fellow Czech Lucie Safarova after ending the giant-killing run of Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Photo by: Max Rossi/Reuters. Credit: Reuters

The 24-year-old took 88 minutes to see off world number 43

Zahlavova Strycova, hitting 29 winners to just five from her Czech opponent, who came up short after defeating Chinese second seed Li Na and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki en route to the last eight.

Kvitova's clash against 23rd seed Safarova will mark the first time two Czech women have made the last four at a Grand Slam since Hana Mandlikova and Helena Sukova at the 1986 French Open. – Sapa-AFP

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