Kvitova zooms past Zhang, sets up Siegemund quarter-final
Petra Kvitova looked ominously strong as she dismissed Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Roland-Garros quarter-finals, where she will play Laura Siegemund.
Roland-Garros, fourth round
KVITOVA d. ZHANG 6-2, 6-4
SIEGEMUND d. BADOSA 7-5, 6-2
- Key info: The Czech continued her quiet progress to set up a clash with an unseeded opponent in the quarter-finals.
- You will also learn: How Siegemund reached her first-ever Slam last eight.
- Why you should read this: Kvitova is one of only three seeds left in the women’s side of the draw.
Petra Kvitova looked ominously strong as she dismissed Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros. The Chinese star had not dropped a set so far in the tournament but could muster up little in the face of a Kvitova masterclass.
“It was a nice battle today,” she said afterwards. “I’m glad that I’ve found a way through the tournament so far.”
Zhang received a medical time-out towards the end of the first set for what appeared to be a problem with her leg. And the treatment seemed to help her deal slightly with the Czech’s relentless pressure.
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The 30-year-old had a slight stumble when given the opportunity to serve it out at 5-2, with her radar suddenly lost. But she gathered herself to hold to love at the next chance, securing her place in the next round.
Kvitova will face Germany’s Laura Siegemund, who reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final by beating Paula Badosa Gibert of Spain 7-5, 6-2.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair with the German finding herself down a 5-3 hole, but she won four straight to claim the set. The second was all smooth-sailing for Siegemund as the only struggle for her was. singular break point she had to fend off.