Muguruza sent packing at US Open

US Open Petra Kvitova strolls to the second week

Kvitova has yet to drop a set at the U.S. Open, defeating Jelena Jankovic, Alize Cornet, No. 18-seed Caroline Garcia and Muguruza en route to her quarterfinal U.S. Open appearance, her first since 2015.

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.

Kvitova, now ranked No. 14, would need to reach the U.S. Open semifinals to have a chance of returning to the Top 10.

Third-seeded Garbine Muguruza needed a little over an hour to move into the U.S. Open fourth round.

Petra Kvitova signalled her return to top form eight months after sustaining a career-threatening hand injury with an impressive 7-6 (3) 6-3 win over pre-tournament favourite Garbine Muguruza to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals on Sunday.

"Now I'll play players who I've never seen or know their name, and you can't let up one point", Williams said. Kvitova went on to win that tournament but has not reached a major semifinal since.

"I didn't really play the kind of great players so far in the season when I came back", Kvitova said.

Kvitova has won four of her previous five matches against Williams.

But the Czech battled her way back, saving a break point for 1-5 with a backhand on the baseline and fighting to take the first set 7-6 (3) in 64 minutes.

This is the second time in three years that the 37-year-old Williams - the oldest woman in the bracket - has advanced to the quarterfinals at the US Open. She is also the only one left who has won the U.S. Open, collecting titles in 2000 and 2001. "I mean, she is really playing very, very well on the big stages", said Kvitova. "That's what I missed", she 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 a year ago. She was playing very good with the forehand today, moving well, as well.

Kvitova has a greater appreciation for the tour lifestyle after an injury that put her career at risk.

"I don't have words to describe", she said.

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 a tough journey that I didn't know how would end".

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