US Open: Kvitova topples Muguruza

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova

Kvitova outslugged Wimbledon champion Muguruza from the baseline in a come-from-behind 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 victory at Flushing Meadows.

The Czech claimed the Birmingham title in June but has since struggled to go deep in the tournaments, including her pre-U.S.

Playing in only her eighth tournament this year, Kvitova could be short of match practice but not confidence at the U.S. Open.

Kvitova, whose All England crowns came in 2011 and 2014, said after her victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium that her journey back from the attack has been a hard climb.

The Spaniard will take on two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova next.

"It was the kind of moment that I dream of to come and play again on the big stages against great players on the tour", she said.

Czech Kvitova, the 13th seed, beat France's Caroline Garcia earlier on Friday.

Williams is, at 37, the oldest woman who entered the tournament.

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Kvitova, whose first event this year was the French Open, has a new appreciation for her chances at Grand Slam glory.

"I knew how everything was just so tight and very close, every game that we played in the end of the match".

"I'm accepting all major credit cards", Williams said, "and unforced errors".

It was the most significant match since Kvitova's comeback from the horrendous hand injuries she suffered when she was stabbed by an intruder at her home last December. Not only was she hitting well and landing her shots, Kvitova was playing smart tennis. "I don't think I can find the right words".

The first match of the Sunday night session on the Arthur Ashe Stadium always guarantees a great crowd. "I didn't know how the journey would turn out". Once Kvitova swung the momentum her way and got back to 4-4, it was anyone's game.

Holding serve continued to be at a premium as Kvitova broke again to move 3-1 clear as the quarters loomed.

In the second set, Muguruza responded perfectly by breaking Kvitova in the opening game - but the lead did not last long as the world number 14 broke back.

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