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Kvitova reaches French Open semis

Paris – Fourth-seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic reached the French Open semifinals on Wednesday with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.

The Wimbledon champion will play second seed Maria Sharapova of Russia for a place in Saturday's final.

Fourth-seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic reached the French Open semifinals on Wednesday with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova. Credit: REUTERS

Shvedova, 24, had knocked out defending champion Li Na of China in the fourth round and would have been the first qualifier to make it to the women's semi-finals at Roland Garros.

Kvitova, 22, was broken in the second game and failed to convert three break points in the next, giving the Kazakh a quick 3-0

advantage.

The Czech held to 3-1 and took more chances in the fifth game to break Shvedova to 2-3 and put the match back on serve.

But Kvitova was broken again when a backhand return clipped the net and went wide, and in the next game hit a forehand long to give the Kazakh a 5-2 lead.

Shvedova came out firing in the opening game of the second set, breaking Kvitova with a cross-court backhand return.

Kvitova evened the score to 1-1 and held serve to nose ahead for the first time in the match before breaking Shvedova to consolidate her lead at 3-1.

Kvitova sprinted to 5-2 and then broke Shedova one more time to set up the deciding set.

The Wimbledon champion opened that with an easy hold and proceeded to break Shvedova to 2-0, but threw away the third game with two double faults and two unforced errors, enabling Shvedova to equalise at 2-2.

In the fifth game, as it began to drizzle on Suzanne Lenglen court, Kvitova missed an easy forehand return to give Shvedova two break points, and then hit a forehand long to give the qualifier a 3-2 lead.

Shvedova saved two break points to hold to 4-2.

Undaunted, Kvitova held in the seventh game and immediately put pressure on Shvedova's serve to level the match at 4-4, followed by a crucial hold.

Serving at 4-5, nerves got the better of Shvedova, allowing the world number four to convert her second match point for a place in the semi-final with Sharapova. – Sapa-AFP

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