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US Open: Petra Kvitova takes inspiration from Serena Williams after saving match point to beat Garbine Muguruza | Tennis News


Petra Kvitova has said she was inspired by Serena Williams when she saved match points to beat Garbine Muguruza in a US Open thriller on Saturday.

A tense clash between the two former Grand Slam champions saw Kvitova save two match points to force a deciding match before finally taking the fourth match point in a 5-7 win. 6-3 7-6 (12-10).

Kvitova watched Williams’ emotional final against Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday night, when she fights to the end, find the winner with 5 match points.

“I saw those match points when she didn’t give up,” said the Czech, who ended up in tears. “She’s always hit a gorgeous comeback. It’s so special, she doesn’t want to leave the court, for sure.

“It was the same case with me today. I didn’t want to leave this tournament, so I was there suspended somehow. She was also aggressive. Me too.

“So I tried to do it with first serves or aces. I thought it was fun to see her yesterday fight to the last minute.”

Garbine Muguruza, Spain, and Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic, shake hands after Kvitova won their third round match of the US Open tennis championship, Saturday, September 3, 2022, in New York York.  (AP Photo / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
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Muguruza (left) congratulates Kvitova after the epic showdown between two former Grand Slam champions

It was a tough loss for Muguruza, who ended last season with the WTA Finals title but struggled all year.

However, she was encouraging, saying: “I’ve had some tough losses this year but this one definitely made me feel like my fighting spirit was there, my tennis was at the top. I probably need a little more confidence when I play in those games.”

Next Kvitova meets the American eighth seed Jessica Pegula, who has become one of the most trusted WTA players. The Buffalo tennis player overcame Yuan Yue in the Chinese qualifier with a score of 6-2 6-7 (8-6) 6-0.

Meanwhile, three finalists Victoria Azarenka are showing good form again in New York and easily win 6-3 6-0 over Petra Martic.

Last year’s US Open was all about the rise of teenagers in Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, and Kvitova was happy to see 30 something hold their own this time.

“I am very happy for me, for Vika (Azarenka), and this kind of age,” said the Czech. “I feel so good because we’ve been on the tour for so many years and I’m just glad we can still manage it and face the younger generation.”

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