Kvitova Back In Wimbledon Semis

Petra Kvitova defeated fellow Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time since she captured the title in 2011.

Published July 01, 2014 12:14

Kvitova Back In Wimbledon Semis
Petra Kvitova

LONDON, England - Sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in an all-Czech duel on Tuesday to set up a Wimbledon semifinal against another Czech.

The Plot
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."

What's Next
Kvitova squares off with fellow Czech lefty Lucie Safarova, who was a straight set winner over Ekaterina Makarova. Kvitova has won all five of her previous encounters with Safarova.

Whoever wins, this will be just the third time in the Open Era two Czechs have made the semifinals at the same Grand Slam, previously occurring at the 1980 Australian Open and 1986 French Open.

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