US Open: Petra Kvitova tops Garbine Muguruza, reaches quarters

"I'm playing every match like it's a final", she told Andrew Krazny in her post-match interview.

"These first rounds against early opponents are very tough, so I just keep playing my best and hope for the win".

- Russian wild card Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the fourth round after losing 5-7 6-4 6-2 to Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova.

Pablo Carreno Busta reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time by easily eliminating qualifier Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

The most intriguing clash, however, may be the last of the women's matches with Wimbledon champion and third seed Muguruza facing double Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova. We all know she can play, finding the incredible shots and serve.

"I tried to work really hard to play here again".

Kvitova, whose first event this year was the French Open, has a new appreciation for her chances at Grand Slam glory. "I didn't come to the US Open to be number one. that wasn't really my goal".

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Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion, but her ability to continue to contend for major titles - or even play at all - had been in doubt after a vicious knife attack during a home invasion in December severely damaged her left hand.

Sister Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and new aunt, confirmed reports of the birth before walking onto the court for her third-round match against Greece's 95th-ranked Maria Sakkari.

"What she's gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable", Williams said.

- Venus Williams advances to the quarter-finals with a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win over Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.

"It means a lot", she said. Only current number one Karolina Pliskova and fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina could deny her reaching the top for the first time. "After everything which I've been through it's happy moments for me".

- Unseeded American Sloane Stephens reached the quarter-finals for the first time after beating women's 30th seed Julia Goerges of Germany 6-3 3-6 6-1.

Sharapova, the 2006 US Open victor, has already beaten Halep and Hungary's Timea Babos in her first Grand Slam since serving a 15-month doping ban after testing positive for the blood booster meldonium, at the 2016 Australian Open.

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