US Open: Venus Williams enters quarterfinals

Kvitova downs Muguruza to reach quarter-finals

Ninth seeded Williams, a twice US Open champion and a crowd favourite for nearly two decades, takes on Spanish veteran Carla Suarez Navarro in the final women's match on the main showcourt.

Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, chases down the ball in a fourth round match against Garbine Muguruza, of Spain, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

Muguruza, one of the pre-tournament favourites, dropped serve once.

It's been less than nine months, after all, since the two-time Wimbledon winner's racket-holding hand needed surgery from a knife attack.

In December of a year ago Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion, was attacked at her home in the Czech Republic by a knife-wielding robber.

"I came here without any expectations", the 13th-seeded Kvitova said. The pair have met three times and Kvitova has won twice. "It means a lot, it's an incredible night to play in front of a great crowd", Kvitova said in her on-court interview.

- Venus Williams advances to the quarter-finals with a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win over Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. She is also the only one left who has won the U.S. Open, collecting titles in 2000 and 2001.

The duo could not be separated as they headed to the changeover at 3-3, but a couple of Muguruza errors handed Kvitova three set points, and she took her chance at the first time of asking.

"I'm very grateful that I can be part of it again", Kvitova said.

The 13th seeded Czech is continuing to make her way back from a career-threatening hand injury sustained when she was stabbed in the hand by an intruder in her home previous year.

But Muguruza had champion written all over her, as well as world No1: It was a tall task between two 6ft power players, Kvitova the leftie, Muguruza the rightie.

Kvitova returned to the tour in late May at the French Open.

"I think she was serving very good".

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. It was just a journey I didn't know how it would end.

Kvitova though showed all her champion's mentality in the sixth game, a 10-minute marathon during which she fended off three break point.

Muguruza again moved out front in the tiebreaker, at 3-2, before dropping five points in a row.

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