Tokyo: Vera Zvonareva staged a remarkable turnaround to beat Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 6-0 on Friday, advancing to the final of the Pan Pacific Open.
The fourth-seeded Russian took advantage of a collapse by Kvitova, who held a comfortable 5-1 lead in the first set before Zvonareva stormed back to make it 5-5, breaking her opponent three times. Both players then held serve to force a tiebreak which Zvonareva won.
"I played very good tennis, very consistent," Zvonareva said. "Petra is a tough opponent. We always have tough matches but I was a little more consistent today."