Petra Kvitova Delighted With Comeback Over Garbine Muguruza

Whatever comes after that, nobody knows, but these routine walks to the court will count as something if not something else.

Williams is the oldest woman in the tournament she won consecutive titles at in 2000-2001. 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.

Venus Williams, of the United States, returns a shot from Carla Suarez-Navarro, of Spain, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in NY.

Kvitova will turn up under the lights 259 days after something nearly bottomlessly grim.

Kvitova, who returned to tennis at the French Open after a six-month absence to recover from severe cuts to her left hand suffered in an attack at her home in the Czech Republic, won at Birmingham in the lead-up to Wimbledon. "I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive". That was no more evident than in Sunday's showdown with reigning Wimbledon champion and third-seed Garbine Muguruza. "The world we live in is just shocking". Playing with well-controlled aggression, Muguruza placed her serves well and forced Kvitova to be on the defense for a 2-1 lead. 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.

The former two-time Wimbledon champion was only able to make it to the second round before being knocked out by unseeded Madison Brengle but the simple fact she was involved in the Grand Slam proved another major step.

In her entirely different circumstances, Williams will walk out as a marvel. She coped with the immune disorder Sjogren's syndrome, diagnosed in 2011 and known to wreak fatigue.

At the time her surgeon Dr Radek Kebrle confessed that she might struggle to return to the game following the severity of the injuries.

It turned out to be a very nice budding.

Venus Williams is one win away from reaching her first US Open semifinal in seven years. It was the opposite in the women's evening match, with the Czech player trailing the No. 3 seed Muguruza, 4-1.

Kvitova then staved off a break point and it jump-started her game. It's never easy to win a Slam. I knew it would be about a few points'.

"She was playing good, a lot of winners. I was probably rushing a little bit, so I just needed to really try to be a bit more calm and play some rallies". "The life is still a little bit unusual, but it's getting better". The 13th seed, who faces Venus Williams next, insisted she would continue to play with no expectations but also without being surprised by what she can still produce. "I will always remember it". She had begun practicing with "soft balls from the net" and it had felt "very, very weird", as she put it in France.

She said her hand is not yet fully healed but has come far enough for her to produce formidable performances. So I don't feel she has changed.

'I'm not thinking like that any more. "Yeah, you just have to get through it", Sharapova said. Took me while to find it. Luckily I found it in a grand slam'.

  • Marlene Weaver