US Open: Kvitova Knocks Out Muguruza, Williams Through

Posted September 06, 2017

While the fans welcomed her with open arms and standing ovations, there was a chill among a group of players who believe the five-time grand slam champion was accorded special treatment due to her profile and marketability. This weekend she continued her extraordinary recovery by outclassing pre-tournament favourite Garbine Murguruza at the US Open in NY. I love being part of them.

The twice Wimbledon champion stayed composed while Muguruza grew increasingly nervous, challenging line calls with no apparent reason as Kvitova moved her left and right with her crafty left hand. Both she and Murguruza had failed to drop a single set ahead of their showdown on Arthur Ashe which suggested a close battle was on the cards. After saving this break point, and two that followed, Kvitova let out a huge "Pojd" roar, which really seemed to motivate her. Petra Kvitova won the next two games and advanced to the quarterfinals.

"I was happy that I managed to win the match".

"Even though I was winning 4-1, I think she was playing great", said Muguruza.

Kvitova's only other trip to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows came in 2015, when she lost at that stage to eventual champion Flavia Pennetta. The 27-year-old Czech reached her first grand slam quarter-final in two years with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory against Muguruza, the Wimbledon champion, in one hour and 46 minutes.

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It is Kvitova's best effort at a Grand Slam since she reached the last eight in NY two years ago.

Venus Williams reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the second time in three years with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain. She has a big serve, a big server, of course.

"I tried to work hard to play here again".

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.

Sharapova's U.S. Open ended with a 5-7 6-4 6-2 loss to Latvian Anastasija Sevastova on Sunday, but her week-long run will help polish the Russian's tarnished brand.

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"I allowed the match to become physical", Sharapova said about the late-going.

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"Given all she's been gone through, playing at this level is remarkable", Muguruza said.

Stephens has won 12 of her last 14 matches. In the quarters, Carreno Busta will play No. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, while No. 17 Sam Querrey of the United States takes on No. 28 Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

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