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Kvitova vs. Kirilenko in New Haven final

Aug. 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM   |   Comments

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Petra Kvitova and Maria Kirilenko set up a championship duel Friday by winning their semifinal matches at the New Haven Open.

Kvitova, last year's Wimbledon champion and the winner of this year's U.S. Open series, moved into her second final of the season with a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Sara Errani. Kvitova was a winner two weeks ago in Montreal, where she captured her eighth career title.

Kirilenko won the opening set against four-time defending New Haven champion Carolina Wozniacki 7-5 and then advanced when Wozniacki withdrew with a right knee injury.

It was Wozniacki's first career loss at the Connecticut Tennis Center after winning 20 consecutive matches in the event.

Kirilenko has a 3-2 career edge over Kvitova, including a victory in the quarterfinals of the Olympics earlier this month in London.

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