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.”
The Czech player’s display underlined an impression that she is performing at a significantly higher level than when she won the Birmingham grasscourt event a year ago, after returning from a serious hand injury inflicted by a burglar.
Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014,…