Kvitova kept her qualification hopes alive at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore with a straight sets victory over Czech Fed Cup teammate Lucie Safarova.After a disappointing defeat to Angelique Kerber in her first White Group match, Petra took to the court knowing that victory was imperative. And despite not feeling 100 percent physically,  the Czech No.1 produced a much-improved display,  grinding out a 7-5 7-5 victory and making it 8-0 in her head-to-head against Safarova.

Here’s what Kvitova had to say about the match:

I was 3-0 down in the second set so it wasn’t really easy score for me for sure,” said Petra. “Even I know how Lucie is serving well, so it was really, you know, kind of tough mentally and I couldn’t really return in the beginning of the match.”So I was really trying to read a little bit her serve and put as many returns as I can.  I was just point by point, and I’m glad I turn it around.  It was a really difficult match; always close at the end of the sets.  So I think it was good for both of us.

We just practice before the tournament started here,” Petra added. “That’s what I know her a little bit.  I think that she’s going to play very aggressively; going for the shots; have a good serve.”So I think I am going to play the same what I should play.  It’s going to be about the returns and the serves.  I know how she’s playing well right now.  She had a great success in Asia as well.  It’s going to be difficult match for sure. But we see.  I’m looking forward.  I never played her, so we see.
Petra will face Garbine Muguruza in her final match on Friday with everything still to play for. Remarkably, this will be their first meeting.