slot shine-US Open: Petra Kvitova beats Garbine Muguruza in thrilling final

Time:2022-09-26 14:47:58 source:slot shine
Petra Kvitova celebrates
Petra Kvitova is a two-time US Open quarter-finalist
US Open 2022
Venue:Flushing Meadows, New York Dates:29 August-11 September
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Petra Kvitova says she was trying to emulate Serena Williams as she survived two match points before winning a thrilling final-set tie-break to beat ninth seed Garbine Muguruza.

The Czech won 5-7 6-3 7-6 (12-10) to reach the last 16 of the US Open.

"With Serena last night it was amazing how she was saving those match points and I was trying to do the same," the two-time Wimbledon champion said.

Williams saved five match points before losing to Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday.

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Kvitova will face eighth seed Jessica Pegulain the fourth round after the American beat Yuan Yue of China 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 6-0.

Elsewhere, world number one Iga Swiateksurvived a second-set scare to beat American Lauren Davis 6-3 6-4.

After winning the first set, the Pole lost the opening three games of the second but from 4-1 down, won five games in succession to book a spot in the fourth round where she will face Germany's Jule Niemeier.

Three-time US Open finalist and 26th seed Victoria Azarenkaof Belarus had a comfortable victory over unseeded Croat Petra Martic, winning 6-3 6-0 to advance.

Azarenka will play Czech Karolina Pliskova, seeded 22nd, after she came from behind to beat Swiss 18th seed Belinda Bencic 5-7 6-4 6-3.

Sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka, of Belarus, comfortably saw off Clara Burel 6-0 6-2 and faces American Danielle Collinsnext after she beat Alize Cornet of France 6-4 7-6 (11-9).

'I was just hanging there somehow'

The US Open has been Kvitova's least successful Grand Slam, having never gone beyond the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows, and she seemed to be heading for another early exit until her late rally.

She came from 5-2 down in the third set, saving two match points with Muguruza 6-5 ahead in the decider.

In the tie-break, Spaniard Muguruza then saved three match points before the 21st seed came through in New York.

Referencing Williams' resistance in the final match of her career, Kvitova added: "I saw those match points when she didn't give up. It was very special, she didn't want to leave the court, for sure.

"That was the same case with me today. I didn't want to go out of this tournament, so I was just there hanging somehow. She was playing aggressively, as well. Me too.

"So I was trying to go for it with these first serves or for aces. I think it was nice to see her yesterday fighting until the end."

Muguruza ended last season by winning the WTA Finals but has struggled this year. Until this week, she had not won back-to-back matches since the Qatar Open in February.

The two-time Grand Slam champion took the positives from her performance, saying: "I have had some tough losses this year but definitely this one makes me feel like my fighting spirit was there, my tennis was there. I probably need some extra confidence playing on those match points."

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