Kvitova Back In Wimbledon Semis
Published July 01, 2014 12:14
Kvitova was looking to reach her first Wimbledon semifinal since she secured her lone Grand Slam title here in 2011, while Zahlavova Strycova was contesting her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Though Zahlavova Strycova came into this clash 1-24 against Top 10 foes, that lone win came in the second round over World No.2 Li Na here last week. Also, she had yet to drop a set this fortnight.
The Turning Point
Kvitova broke serve in the first game of the match, one of three breaks she recorded in a lopsided first set. But Zahlavova Strycova found her form in the second set, breaking at love to go up 4-3. Three more breaks would follow to make it 5-5, and eventually Kvitova broke at love in the final game of the match for a 6-1, 7-5 victory.
By The Numbers
Kvitova broke serve six times compared to two for Zahlavova Strycova. Also, she had a huge advantage in winners - 29 to 5. She is now 7-0 on grass this season and 24-5 in her Wimbledon career.
"I really didn't want a third set because I knew we would probably have to close the roof, so there were many things on my mind at the time," Kvitova said. "When I lost my serve for the first time in the set, I knew that I would really have to try to break back, and I'm glad that I was able to. The second set was up and down, but I survived it, which is important.
"It feels great to be in the Wimbledon semifinals. I have great memories from when I won here."