In the match to determine who Li Na would face in her semi-final matchup on Saturday, Petra Kvitova lost to Sorana Cirstea in a three-set thriller. Kvitova, who entered this week’s Rogers Cup as the defending champion, fell 4-6, 7-5 and 6-2 to the Romanian who will now advance to Saturday’s semi-final against China’s Li Na.
Since certain reporters were asked Li Na about what she thought of Petra Kvitova earlier, it was more or less assumed that it would be the Czech advancing to the Round of Four and not Cirstea who didn’t seem to get within the same vicinity of the respect she probably deserved.
Nevertheless, it’s the Romanian moving on and Kvitova will now be sitting on the sidelines as a new Rogers Cup champion will be crowned in 2013.
The main concern with Kvitova on Friday afternoon was her lack of sleep on Thursday night which may have played the biggest factor in her defeat.
When asked if there was any specific reason why she couldn’t sleep the night before, Kvitova simply laughed and said No. The Czech did elaborate though reasoning her late finish on Thursday night in her third-round matchup against Australia’s Samantha Stosur whom she defeated 6-3, 6-3.
When asked if it was disappointing to lose a tournament as the defending champion, Kvitova wasn’t too concerned.
“Well, you know, I was defending champion, but still it’s a new tournament. Every year it’s different. I wasn’t thinking like this,” the 23-year-old elaborated. “So I’m glad that I was in the quarter-final. I play (sic) three matches. That’s important to play some matches before the US Open as a preparation. Of course, I’m sad because I have pretty nice memories from the last year and I can’t replay this year, but I’m still stay (sic) positive.”
Overall, a disappointing end to Kvitova’s run at the Rogers Cup but she will bounce back in time for next month’s US Open while fans in Toronto will get to see a new champion crowned in 2013.