|Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 29 August-11 September|
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Petra Kvitova says she was attempting to emulate Serena Williams as she survived two match factors earlier than profitable an exciting final-set tie-break to beat ninth seed Garbine Muguruza.
The Czech gained 5-7 6-3 7-6 (12-10) to achieve the final 16 of the US Open.
“With Serena final evening it was wonderful how she was saving these match factors and I used to be attempting to do the identical,” the two-time Wimbledon champion stated.
Williams saved 5 match factors earlier than dropping to Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday.
Kvitova will face eighth seed Jessica Pegula within the fourth spherical after the American beat Yuan Yue of China 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 6-0.
Elsewhere, world primary Iga Swiatek survived a second-set scare to beat American Lauren Davis 6-3 6-4.
After profitable the primary set, the Pole misplaced the opening three video games of the second however from 4-1 down, gained 5 video games in succession to e-book a spot within the fourth spherical the place she is going to face Germany’s Jule Niemeier.
Three-time US Open finalist and twenty sixth seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus had a snug victory over unseeded Croat Petra Martic, profitable 6-3 6-0 to advance.
Azarenka will play Czech Karolina Pliskova, seeded twenty second, after she got here from behind to beat Swiss 18th seed Belinda Bencic 5-7 6-4 6-3.
Sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka, of Belarus, comfortably noticed off Clara Burel 6-0 6-2 and faces Alize Cornet or Danielle Collins subsequent.
‘I used to be simply hanging there one way or the other’
The US Open has been Kvitova’s least profitable Grand Slam, having by no means gone past the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows, and she or he gave the impression to be heading for one more early exit till her late rally.
She got here from 5-2 down within the third set, saving two match factors with Muguruza 6-5 forward within the decider.
Within the tie-break, Spaniard Muguruza then saved three match factors earlier than the twenty first seed got here by in New York.
Referencing Williams’ resistance within the closing match of her profession, Kvitova added: “I noticed these match factors when she did not surrender. It was very particular, she did not need to depart the courtroom, for positive.
“That was the identical case with me right now. I did not need to exit of this match, so I used to be simply there hanging one way or the other. She was taking part in aggressively, as nicely. Me too.
“So I used to be attempting to go for it with these first serves or for aces. I feel it was good to see her yesterday combating till the top.”
Muguruza ended final season by profitable the WTA Finals however has struggled this yr. Till this week, she had not gained back-to-back matches because the Qatar Open in February.
The 2-time Grand Slam champion took the positives from her efficiency, saying: “I’ve had some powerful losses this yr however positively this one makes me really feel like my combating spirit was there, my tennis was there. I in all probability want some additional confidence taking part in on these match factors.”