Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

Garbine Muguruza v Petra Kvitova - player profiles

Garbine Muguruza v Petra Kvitova - player profiles

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

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.

Kvitova triumphed despite falling 4-1 behind in the first set and then failing to serve it out in the 12th game.

In December, two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova had her hand slashed when an intruder held her at knifepoint in her apartment in the Czech Republic.

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"It wasn't really nice when I couldn't serve out the set".

"I'm not thinking like that anymore", she said.

Kvitova was the more powerful player, standing 6-foot and with a strong southpaw serve, but she got just 55 percent of her first serves in and made 42 unforced errors.

"I think that she's playing incredible on the majors this year".

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Targeting her opponent's misfiring forehand, Kvitova leveled to 4-4 and had break points at 5-4 and 6-5 before sealing the tiebreak.

"It will be a great match for me to step on Ashe again probably and play there".

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

By advancing to the Round of 16, Muguruza remains the front-runner for the No.1 ranking, having accumulated 6,030 points.

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Muguruza could become world number one for the first time, unless current number one Karolina Pliskova makes the final or fourth seed Elina Svitolina reaches the semi-finals.

"We'll see", Muguruza said, smiling. Up until the match point at 5-2, Kvitova seemed unstoppable.

Kvitova has won four of her previous five matches against Williams. Kvitova went on to win that tournament but has not reached a major semifinal since.

Kvitova has a greater appreciation for the tour lifestyle after an injury that put her career at risk. So for her, I think to be playing well is such a blessing.

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"What she's gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable", Williams said.

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