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Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates winning her semi-final against compatriot Lucie Safarova on day ten of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 3, 2014Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates winning her semi-final against compatriot Lucie Safarova on day ten of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 3, 2014

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates winning her semi-final against compatriot Lucie Safarova on day ten of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 3, 2014Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates winning her semi-final against compatriot Lucie Safarova on day ten of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 3, 2014

Former champion Petra Kvitova swept into her second Wimbledon final with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-1 victory over fellow Czech Lucie Safarova on Thursday.

Kvitova won her only Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2011 and the sixth seed is one more victory away from lifting the Venus Rosewater dish for the second time after seeing off 23rd seed Safarova with 24 winners and eight aces in 80 minutes on Centre Court.

The 24-year-old is back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since that surprise triumph against Maria Sharapova at the All England Club three years ago.

Kvitova will play Canadian 13th seed Eugenie Bouchard or Romanian world number three Simona Halep in the final on Saturday.

Date created : 2014-07-03