Williams leads American charge at US Open

by Olga Hunt September 6, 2017, 12:18
Williams leads American charge at US Open

Ninth seed Williams, who beat Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the last eight, got to the final at this year's Australian Open and Wimbledon and is gunning for her first grand slam title since 2008.

The seven-time major champion has overcome injuries and illness in recent years, while Kvitova faces a Grand Slam quarter-final nine months after suffering a knife attack. "It is complicated when she hits lots of aces, or just strong serves", Muguruza said.

She has made steady progress since then and her confidence is growing.

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".

Kvitova's game is as natural as she is, as unaffected as this woman who reduced Li Na to tears with her eloquence at the Chinese player's retirement ceremony and has won the WTA sportsmanship award five times.

'I knew everything was just so tight and very close in the end of the match.

In her way is Petra Kvitova, undoubtedly the comeback story of the year.

"I don't think that I can find the right words, I mean it was a hard time, all five months were very very tough and you know it was just a journey which I didn't know how the journey will end, and if it's ending here on the big stage it's just a happy end".

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"It will be a great match for me to step on Arthur Ashe Stadium again-probably-and play there", said Kvitova about her quarterfinal with the 37 year-old. She just might leave with her third Grand Slam title. Although Williams, a two-time US Open champ who last won in 2001, has been brilliant in Slams this year, she has failed to make the quarterfinals in each of the two events she has played since Wimbledon.

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.

The Czech, 27, required surgery on her playing hand and only returned to the sport in May. In the key moments, she finds big serves.

Stephens will face Anastasija Sevastova, who beat Maria Sharapova 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

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

"I'm accepting all major credit cards", Williams said, "and unforced errors". She laughed and replied: "Well, if we are only three, I don't know if it's advantage". For Venus, 15 years after she was part of a group of five American women into the quarterfinals of the US Open, she is the veteran leading a quartet of Americans into the same stage.

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


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