Williams leads American charge at US Open

Petra Kvitova hits a forehand
Petra Kvitova hits a forehand

07 September, 2017

"I did feel like I was thinking a little bit too much and not playing by instinct".

Also singing her praises is her next opponent, Venus Williams, having her own miraculous comeback year as well. The way in which Kvitova turned up to compete with a fairly limited range of movement in her playing hand was a sure sign of her courage and determination to move forward from the injury. But at 37 and with seven Grand Slam titles to her name, those are footnotes to major wins, and it's tough to get motivated for footnotes. It was an incredible opportunity. I'm very focused on the next result. She was a finalist at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and is now into her 39th quarterfinal at a major after beating Spain's Carla Suarez-Navarro on Sunday. Next for Williams will be a showdown against No. 13 Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon victor, who eliminated reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Sunday night.

The 27-year-old returned to action in May following a knife attack at her home last December.

"I came here without any expectations", Kvitova said. She could wind up the new world No. 1 by the end of the tournament, and deservedly so.

She will be followed on Arthur Ashe Stadium by Williams, with Sam Querrey, the only American male player left in the draw, closing proceedings against big-serving Kevin Anderson.

The French Open denied her a wild-card invitation, then she planned to try to qualify for Wimbledon before pulling out because of an injured left leg. It was the opposite in the women's evening match, with the Czech player trailing the No. 3 seed Muguruza, 4-1. In the TV interview after her quarterfinal win, Williams said she planned to come out in her next match "as aggressive as possible". All three 2017 Grand Slam champs - Serena Williams, Jelena Ostepenko and Garbine Muguruza - are absent from quarterfinals and story after story laments the lack of drama remaining on the women's side of the final Slam of the year.

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"It's there, which I really, really appreciate. I will always remember it". "She has a great timing and a lot of power". 'That was one of the motivations to be back.

"I allowed the match to become physical", Sharapova said about the late-going.

Williams, who plays Kvitova in the next round, won the first set before seeing Navarro fight back to win the second, but took control of the game in the third set, taking it comfortably.

Being second time lucky, the 13th seed eventually completed the upset and did what no one imagined her to do at the start of the week, reaching the quarterfinals after an hour and 46 minutes of powerful tennis.

RAFAEL NADAL is into the lasteight in NY for the first time since 2013 after beating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-4, 6-1.

Shapovalov was trying to become the youngest male quarterfinalist at Flushing Meadows since Andre Agassi in 1988, but he wasted a 5-2 lead and three set points in the opener, and finished with 55 unforced errors. I knew it would be about a few points'.

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