Kvitova and Svitolina in China Final

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Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina both advanced to the final of the WTA Elite Trophy on Saturday.

Kvitova was in action first up in Zhuhai and needed just 67 minutes to brush aside Chinese number one Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6-2.

It was a one-sided affair from the get go, with the Czech breaking Zhang in her opening service game and immediately consolidatin for a 2-0 lead.

Kvitova would break her one last time as she saw out the set in style, thanks to her powerful serve.

Zhang held her own initially in the second set, but another double break would see Kvitova cruise to a routine win, facing just one breakpoint all match.

"I think the key was really on my serve," said the two-time grand slam winner afterwards.

"There were a couple of really tight games and she really went for it. She really knew that she had to go for it and she did. That was the tricky part, to keep the serve still and then wait for some chance to break her. When I did, I felt a little bit better, more relaxed, more confident as well.

"The last game was really tight as well. I'm glad that my serve helped me again today."

Later in the day, Svitolina ended Johanna Konta’s run at the tournament, coming back from a set down to defeat her 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

After blazing through the opening set, Konta collapsed in the second set, letting Svitolina right back into the match.

The Brit had the upper hand after an early break in the final set saw her go 3-1 up, but Svitolina rallied to win five games in a row before holding serve to win the match, booking a date with Kvitova on Sunday.

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