Petra Kvitova knocks Muguruza out of US Open to book a quarter final clash with Venus Williams
In December 2016, Petra Kvitova wasn’t sure she would be able to hold a racket again. The 13th seed Kvitova upset 3rd seed Garbine Muguruza 7-6 6-3 to advance to the U.S. Open final eight for the second time in her career.
The Czech was sidelined for five months after being stabbed in her left playing hand by an intruder at her home in Czech Republic.
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Day 7 recap at the US Open;
Maria Sharapova ended her hopes for a first Grand Slam tournament since winning it in 2014.
The 30 year old Russian first Grand Slam tournament in 19 months ended with defeat by Anastasija Sevastova in the US Open fourth round.
16th seed Latvia’s Sevastova, won 5-7 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals in New York.
The 27-year-old will play Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals, after the American beat Julia Goerges.
Venus Williams booked her place in the US Open quarter-finals with a three-set win over Carla Suarez Navarro.
The Spanish world number 35 took advantage of errors made by Williams in the second set to level the match and take it to a decider.
But the 37-year-old American recovered to win six games in a row and came through 6-3 3-6 6-1.
Williams has now progressed from the last 16 at Flushing Meadows 12 times since making her debut in 1997.
She will now face Petra Kvitova in last 8 at Flushing Meadows.
In the men’s draw, world number 19 Pablo Carreno Busta overcame battling qualifier Denis Shapovalov to reach the US Open quarter-finals for the first time.
The Spaniard beat the 18-year-old Canadian 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3) in an entertaining encounter.
Carreno Busta is the highest-ranked player left in the bottom half of the draw, will now face Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who beat Frenchman Lucas Pouille 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 2-6 6-2.
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson reached the US Open quarter-finals for the second time on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 win over Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi.
Anderson, who also made the last eight in 2015, will face American Sam Querrey who beat Mischa Zverev. 6-2 6-2 6-1 a place in the semi-finals.