Kvitova beats Strycova to advance at Elite Trophy tournament

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 04, 2016 06:43 PM
Kvitova beats Strycova to advance at Elite Trophy tournament
FILE - Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic hits a return shot against Madison Keys of the United States during the women's singles quarterfinals of the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
ZHUHAI, China (AP) — Third-seeded Petra Kvitova secured a semifinal spot in the WTA Elite Trophy tournament by beating Czech compatriot Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-4 on Friday.

Kvitova hit seven aces and saved all six break points she faced to improve to 7-1 against her ninth-seeded opponent.

The tournament in Zhuhai features the 12 players on the tour who didn't qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore last week.

The players are divided into four pools of three, with the group winners qualifying for the knockout stage.

Caroline Garcia faces top-seeded Johanna Konta later Friday for a spot in the semifinals in their group.

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