Petra Kvitova stuns Garbine Muguruza to set up Venus Williams quarter-final

US Open Petra Kvitova strolls to the second week

Playing in only her eighth tournament this year, Kvitova could be short of match practice but not confidence at the U.S. Open.

"I will try my best. It means a lot, it's an incredible night to play in front of a great crowd", Kvitova said in her on-court interview.

In the second set, Muguruza responded perfectly by breaking Kvitova in the opening game - but the lead did not last long as the world number 14 broke back.

In December, two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova had her hand slashed when an intruder held her at knifepoint in her apartment in the Czech Republic.

But Kvitova played the big points well on her own serve and was rewarded moments later by hitting back. I'm sorry, I'm not sorry I beat her. "I think she's playing very well". But sometimes I just really feel that the touch is there, the strength, the aggressive kind of game plan.




However, the Czech survived three break points in a tense sixth game to remain within touching distance at 4-1, and she brought it back on serve a game later when converting with her first break point. I feel very happy.

By advancing to the Round of 16, Muguruza remains the front-runner for the No.1 ranking, having accumulated 6,030 points. Neither of them has been great in NY, with Kvitova reaching the quarterfinals once, and this being Muguruza's first 4th Round. "I'll keep on eye now on the scores, but that's it". Their most recent match, a third-round encounter at Wimbledon in 2014 that Kvitova won, 5-7, 7-6 (2), 7-5, is considered one of the best women's matches of the past decade. After winning that game, Muguruza gained a little confidence and definitely gave Kvitova a hard time closing the match out. Muguruza had chances to go 5-1, could not take them, and slowly Kvitova began to turn the screw.

She is in the Grand Slam quarterfinals for the first time since the 2015 United States Open.

"What she has gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable", Williams said. So for her, I think to be playing well is such a blessing.

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