Stuttgart Open: Kvitova comes from behind to reach semis

Along with Japanese world number one Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova is one of the favourites at the Stuttgart Open.

Petra Kvitova serves to Anastasija Sevastova during their quarterfinal match at the Stuttgart Open.   -  AFP

World number three Petra Kvitova overcame a rocky start to beat Anastasija Sevastova in three sets and progress to the last four of the WTA tournament in Stuttgart on Friday.

Latvia's Sevastova sprung a surprise early on, breaking twice to take a 4-0 lead before going on to win the first set.

Yet Kvitova came back to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and reach the last four in Stuttgart for the third time in her career.

Along with Japanese world number one Naomi Osaka, Kvitova is one of the favourites in Stuttgart.

She will face either Victoria Azarenka or Anett Kontaveit in the semifinals on Saturday, before potentially meeting Osaka in Sunday's final.