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06 September 2017, 12:21 | Donald Newman
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"I don't have words to describe", she said. It was an incredible opportunity.
She goes on to face Venus Williams in the last eight on Tuesday. At age 37, Williams-who beat Carla Suarez Navarro in three sets Sunday-has been more consistent in Grand Slams this year than any other woman. The 27-year-old Czech reached her first grand slam quarter-final in two years with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory against Muguruza, the Wimbledon champion, in one hour and 46 minutes.
It was only the 19th match of the year for Kvitova, who missed the first half of the season after she was cut on her left hand - the one she holds her racket with - during an attack by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December.
Kvitova will face an equally formidable opponent, Venus Williams, for a place in the last four - a stage of the competition she has never reached before - and whilst this contest will be just as challenging, recent form indicates she has a great chance of progressing. This weekend she continued her extraordinary recovery by outclassing pre-tournament favourite Garbine Murguruza at the US Open in NY. She served a 15-month ban for that, returning to the tour this April with a ranking too low to get into Grand Slam events.
Sharapova returned from her suspension in April, was snubbed for a French Open wildcard and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury but received a US Open wildcard despite only one hardcourt tuneup match due to a left forearm injury.
She strolled onto floodlit Arthur Ashe as if on a catwalk, wearing a jet black dress that sparkled with Swarovski crystals for her opening match against Simona Halep and duly dumped the second seed out of the tournament.
"Just competing, you know, being in that competitive environment - that's what I missed", Sharapova said. So there is nothing really what I did different. "I will always remember it".
By the time the pair shook hands, Pliskova had thumped 23 winners, won 92 per cent of points on her first serve and made just nine unforced errors.
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.
Sharapova, the 2006 US Open victor, was able to find the positives after making 51 unforced errors to only 14 by Sevastova, whose 21 winners were half the 30-year-old Russian's total.
"I'm really enjoying it more than before", she said after the match.
Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta against Argentine Diego Schwartzman will start action on the main arena. Querrey gave the host nation its first male quarterfinalist in NY since 2011 by compiling 55 winners and only eight unforced errors while easily beating No. 23 Mischa Zverev 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. But yet, she looked sharp throughout the week and therefore earned a well-deserved spot in the quarterfinals.
"Honestly, it was so much fun to be part of that atmosphere and the match and this whole two weeks", Shapovalov said. "I know having these moments it's even better than before".
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Against Sharapova , she took a set and change to steady herself mentally but charged back in the middle of the second set. Halep has nothing to hang her head about despite an early exit from the season's final Grand Slam.
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