Tennis - Wimbledon champion Kvitova reaches New Haven semis

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Tennis - Wimbledon champion Kvitova reaches New Haven semis
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NEW HAVEN, CT - AUGUST 21: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns a shot to Barbora Zhlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic during the Connecticut Open at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on August 21, 2014 in New Haven, Connecticut. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/ELSA)

- Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the semi-finals of the WTA New Haven hardcourt tournament Thursday with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Czech compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Fourth-ranked Kvitova next will face the winner of a later quarter-final between Australia's Samantha Stosur and Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens in the final warm-up event for the US Open, which begins Monday.

Second seed Kvitova will be the third seed at the year's final Grand Slam event and will open her Flushing Meadows fortnight next week against France's 73rd-ranked Kristina Mladenovic.

In another quarter-final match-up on Thursday, Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova defeated American Alison Riske 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 to book a semi-final berth against Italy's Camila Giorgi, who defeated Spain's Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-7 (4/7) 6-2.

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