Kvitova fights back from knife attack to shine at US Open

Kvitova fights back from knife attack to shine at US Open

Kvitova fights back from knife attack to shine at US Open

The Spanish third seed Muguruza had only dropped nine games en route to the fourth round and her poise, pace and power helped her quickly open a 4-1 lead.

Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion, but her ability to continue to contend for major titles - or even play at all - had been in doubt after a vicious knife attack during a home invasion in December severely damaged her left hand.

Muguruza's hopes of ending her stint in NY as world number one were dashed as she fell apart in the second set - with 13th seed Kvitova going on to complete her biggest win since returning to the Tour in May. Muguruza was limited to seven winners compared with Kvitova's 24. We all know she can play, finding the incredible shots and serve.

This is the second time in three years that the 37-year-old Williams - the oldest woman in the bracket - has advanced to the quarterfinals at the US Open. It was her first win over a top-10 player.

Kvitova, whose All England crowns came in 2011 and 2014, said after her victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium that her journey back from the attack has been a hard climb. As the set wore on, Muguruza became unsure off the forehand side, and Kvitova took advantage of that.

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Muguruza managed to stop Kvitova's momentum, ending her run of three straight games by fending off a break point to make her opponent serve to stay in the set.

"I don't have words to describe", she said.

"I'm not going on-site the day off". She's a champion. It's what we all know. Kvitova was the more powerful player, standing 6-foot and with a strong southpaw serve, but she got just 55 percent of her first serves in and made 42 unforced errors.

Kvitova has won four of her previous five matches against Williams. Only Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina can deny the 2016 Roland Garros victor from reaching the top spot for the first time in her career.

"What she's gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable", Williams said. "To be able to come out here and do what she needs to do, to clear her head, it's such a handsome thing to see".

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