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Kvitova tops Muguruza in US Open fourth round

07 September 2017

"Luckily I find it in a Grand Slam, which is nice".

"We'll see - I'll keep an eye now on the scores", said Muguruza.

Before the start of the tournament, this was not a late-round matchup many would have predicted.

Muguruza struggled with Kvitova's aggressive style and the Czech, who plays in her first US Open since seriously injuring her playing hand in a knife attack at her home last December, won the second set 6-3.

Both players have overcome their own adversity to be in the position they are in, but neither player will be thinking about that when they meet for a spot in the U.S. Open semifinals on Tuesday. Then she lost in the second round at the All England Club, where she was a 4-1 favorite, and has seen the quarterfinal round only once since, at Stanford. 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.

Kvitova found herself 4-1 down in the first set before turning it around with strong serves and a powerful forehand, eventually taking the set in the tie-break. "Players come out with a lot more confidence now".

"Just competing, you know, being in that competitive environment - that's what I missed", Sharapova said.

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"Nobody ever gives you a Slam". I think maybe it's a bad sign sometimes, that I should be more appreciating than I am, ' she added.

Because as much as the sport has marveled at Williams' incredible runs deep into majors this year, this late in her career, her runs have ended in almosts. Her 2017 Grand Slams: final (Australian Open), fourth round (at the French, historically her toughest task), final (Wimbledon) and quarterfinal (here). Nearly at Wimbledon, where she lost the final in straight sets to Murguruza.

"Look, three-set matches are challenging".

She will be followed on Arthur Ashe Stadium by Williams, with Sam Querrey, the only American male player left in the draw, closing proceedings against big-serving Kevin Anderson.

"What she's gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable", Williams said about Kvitova, having won over Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 on Sunday. "I don't get nervous or tight because I have to defend points or because I won a tournament past year. I'm very thankful for the opportunity". I don't focus on success. This weekend she continued her extraordinary recovery by outclassing pre-tournament favourite Garbine Murguruza at the US Open in NY. Sure, there are late-fall tournaments in Asia, and the year-end WTA Finals in Singapore. "It's great to get that major out of the way".

Both women play their fourth-round matches on Monday. "Being a professional athlete is a lifestyle", Williams said Sunday night. "The life is still a little bit odd, but it's getting better as well".

In her entirely different circumstances, Williams will walk out as a marvel. She played absolutely like a top player, ignoring the pressure and consistently playing her best tennis.

Kvitova tops Muguruza in US Open fourth round