Kvitova and Venus Set to Meet in Inspiring US Open Quarterfinal

Jessica Allison
September 6, 2017

The showdown between two of Wimbledon's finest champions of recent years always promised to be memorable and Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza did not disappoint here at the US Open.

But the vocal NY crowd will likely throw its support behind the American, who won the tournament in 2000 and 2001.

Hard feelings aside, even Wozniacki conceded she understood the business side of the sport and Sharapova's place in it. "I'm very grateful that I can be part of it again", Kvitova said.

The 2016 French Open victor has made an effort to adapt on all surfaces this season, which has been key to her rise to number three in the world rankings.

Asked about the similarities in their games, the Czech said: "Obviously I think it's the speed of the shots, but otherwise, I would not really put me and her together". From 2-3 down, Kvitova rattled off the next five points to clinch the first set after 64 minutes of play. Both players are compelling stylistically, and a tight three-set match would hardly surprise me.

She is in the quarterfinals in NY for only the second time in 10 tournament appearances; the other such run came in 2015, when Kvitova lost at that stage to eventual champion Flavia Pennetta.

"So probably my mind was just there, thinking about it. It means a lot, it's an incredible night to play in front of a great crowd", Kvitova said in her on-court interview on Sunday.

The Czech star reached the quarter-finals in NY for the second time in three years after a 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 win over third seed Muguruza on Sunday.

The Czech was sidelined for five months after being stabbed in her left playing hand by an intruder at her home and although the 13th seed has gradually moved towards her best level, Muguruza was the hot favourite under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Kvitova's left hand might never recover fully from the injuries she sustained in the attack, but she has worked tirelessly on her rehabilitation and proved here that she has lost none of her wonderful timing or her competitive spirit.

Venus Williams, of the United States, returns a shot from Carla Suarez-Navarro, of Spain, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in NY.

"I suspect that's why Nike suspended their relationship, but did not drop her". The perpetrator severed nerves and tendons in her dominant left hand, necessitating surgery.

"I felt like she was superior today".

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.

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.

Tuesday night's clash pits two of the most inspirational players on tour against each other.

Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta against Argentine Diego Schwartzman will start action on the main arena.

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