Kvitova cruises into Birmingham semis

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova celebrates winning her quarter final tennis match against Germany's Julia Goerges during day five of the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, England, Friday June 22, 2018. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP)

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Petra Kvitova, who hopes a successful title defense at the Birmingham Classic will help her bid to win Wimbledon for a third time, moved into the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Germany's Julia Goerges on Friday.

The fourth-seeded Kvitova took an hour and six minutes to dispatch an opponent who reached the top 10 for the first time last month, and is one of three players to have hit 400 aces in a season.

"I was very pleased with everything," Kvitova said. "I knew how well she can play, even when she is down."

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