Kvitova beats Muguruza, into 2nd US Open quarter

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Battling back after a home-invasion knife attack last December that jeopardized her career, two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova matched her top US Open performance on Sunday by reaching the quarter-finals.

The seven-time major champion has overcome injuries and illness in recent years, while Kvitova faces a Grand Slam quarter-final nine months after suffering a knife attack.

Neither player had dropped a set in the tournament going into the fourth-round encounter, and the 64-minute opener did not disappoint as momentum swung both ways. I'm very focused on the next result. She made an improbable return at the French Open, but even now her hand still hasn't fully healed, not to mention the psychological scars after such a harrowing episode. And all it took was two pictures I saw yesterday to make up my mind.

Muguruza hung in by her teeth but she wasted three chances to break back in the ninth game before Kvitova prevailed on her second match point when the Spaniard sent a forehand long. "I was probably rushing a little bit, so I just needed to really try to be a bit more calm and play some rallies".

The 27-year-old, who next plays Venus Williams, said: "It was kind of a dream to come and play on the big stage, one of the top players in the world". She just might leave with her third Grand Slam title. Next for Williams will be a showdown against No. 13 Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon victor, who eliminated reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Sunday night.

She utilized the same type of aggressive play that has been a foil for the great Serena Williams in the past, and she found her game, just in time for the last grand slam tournament of the year. Not only was she hitting well and landing her shots, Kvitova was playing smart tennis.

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Nerves could have gotten to the Czech as she faced three break points, but on each occasion, Muguruza's unforced errors proved to be costly and Kvitova was finally able to find a match point on her serve.

Earlier Sunday, 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov's entertaining stay ended with a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) loss to 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.

"I felt like she was superior today". However, she looked shaky on her serve in the opening game but still managed to get the ideal start with the help of several unforced errors by the Czech.

Less celebrated, but maybe more impressive, have been the inspiring stories of Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova, who will meet in the U.S. Open quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Williams, who plays Kvitova in the next round, won the first set before seeing Navarro fight back to win the second, but took control of the game in the third set, taking it comfortably. Stephens has won 12 of her past 14 matches, a remarkable run for someone who was off the tour for 11 months because of foot surgery in January.

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