Kvitova & Serena To Clash In Dream QF
Published July 02, 2012 12:00
LONDON, England - The only two Wimbledon champions left in the draw will square off in this year's quarterfinals, after Petra Kvitova and Serena Williams fought past inspired fourth round opponents in tough three-setters on Monday.
Williams, a four-time champion here and this year's No.6 seed, had a difficult second set but stayed tough to edge Yaroslava Shvedova, 61 26 75, firing 12 aces and never facing a break point in the third set against the Kazakh wildcard.
"My opponent played really well today," Williams said after the match. "I definitely felt like I let her back into the match. She's a great player and she's been doing really well, but I felt a little sluggish out there and I had to pull myself together mentally. I feel like I can do a lot better, which is very comforting."
Williams had also gone the distance in her previous round, needing to go to 9-7 in the third set to beat Zheng Jie. "I thought my opponent today really went for the glory, as my opponent in the last round went for the glory," Williams said. "I just feel like everyone is trying to do their utmost nowadays. And why not?"
Williams is now through to her 10th career Wimbledon quarterfinal, her most of all the Grand Slams (she has been to 33 total - seven at the Australian Open, seven at the French Open, 10 at Wimbledon and nine at the US Open).
Kvitova, who won Wimbledon last year and is the No.4 seed this year, was down a set and a break against No.24 seed Francesca Schiavone, 64 21, but got back on serve and won seven straight games from 5-all in the second set to take total control of the match, running away with the third to win, 46 75 61.
"From the beginning of the match I didn't have nice feelings. It wasn't fun for me in that moment. That's why I didn't play so well," Kvitova said. "When I made the break early in the second set after one hour, or however long we were playing, it was better for me. I knew I could play with her today and break her more.
"Tomorrow is a different day, so I hope it will be better tomorrow."
"The last time I played her was in the semifinals here two years ago," Kvitova said. "For me it was a big experience, and I'm looking forward to a great challenge. She's a great champion. She has won many times here."
"I don't remember that match, but I'm sure she does - she played unbelievable," Williams said. "I know she served well. Then she went on to win the title the next year, so she's obviously a great grass court player, and I am as well."
Also moving through to the quarterfinals on the bottom half of the draw was Tamira Paszek, who rolled past No.21 seed Roberta Vinci, 62 62. Paszek has now won nine straight matches on grass, having won the Premier-level lead-up tournament at Eastbourne, and is now in her second career Grand Slam quarterfinal, having reached the final eight right here at Wimbledon a year ago.
Next up for Paszek is No.2 seed Victoria Azarenka, who scored a 61 60 victory over No.14 seed Ana Ivanovic. "Today was obviously a great day," Azarenka said. "I stayed really focused and tough throughout the match, even though we had to go off court for the rain. It was different conditions afterwards but I adapted really well - I stayed in the zone the whole time."