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Kvitova stuns Muguruza, Sharapova beaten

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat current Wimbledon champ Garbine Muguruza

Czech Petra Kvitova added another chapter to her comeback story by stunning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in straight sets to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals, while Maria Sharapova’s return to the big stage ended in defeat to Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.

Kvitova, whose progress has been slow but steady since a horrifying knife attack on her left hand in December, showed similar fighting spirit that won her the Birmingham title this year as she dismissed the third seed 7-6(3) 6-3 in one hour and 45 minutes.

The twice Wimbledon champion, playing in only her eighth tournament since her career-threatening injury, set up a last eight clash with Venus Williams after the American dumped out Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 3-6 6-1.

Venus has reached grand slam finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year and Kvitova said she would have a tough task ahead.

“It will be a great match for me to step on Ashe again probably and play there. I mean, we always had tough battles. I will try my best. I mean, she has a big serve, big server of course,” she said.

Wildcard Sharapova, who played in her first major since a 15-month doping ban, said there were a lot of positives in her defeat by Sevastova. “Just competing, you know, being in that competitive environment. That’s what I missed,” she said.

Sharapova’s power play was nullified by the 16th seed’s control and delicate touch, and she eventually ground out a 5-7 6-4 6-2 win in two hours and 16 minutes.

Sevastova meets the unseeded Sloane Stephens after the American reached the quarter-finals for the first time in her career with a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win over Julia Goerges of Germany.

Sam Querrey, the last American standing in the men’s singles, powered past Germany’s Mischa Zverev 6-2 6-2 6-1 in one hour and 15 minutes, the shortest completed men’s singles match of the tournament so far.

Next up for Querrey, the first American man to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals since 2011, is South Africa’s 28th seed Kevin Anderson, who outlasted Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-4 6-4 6-7(4) 6-4.

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov was knocked out by Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6(2) 7-6(4) 7-6(3) and the Spaniard was joined in the last eight by Argentine Diego Schwartzman who downed 16th seed Lucas Pouille of France 7-6(3) 7-5 2-6 6-2.

Results from the U.S. Open Men’s Singles Round 4 matches on Sunday:
17-Sam Querrey (U.S.) beat 23-Mischa Zverev (Germany) 6-2 6-2 6-1
12-Pablo Carreno (Spain) beat Denis Shapovalov (Canada) 7-6(2) 7-6(4) 7-6(3)
28-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) 6-4 6-3 6-7(4) 6-4
29-Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) beat 16-Lucas Pouille (France) 7-6(3) 7-5 2-6 6-2

Results from the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Round 4 matches on Sunday:
13-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat 3-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) 7-6(3) 6-3
16-Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) beat Maria Sharapova (Russia) 5-7 6-4 6-2
Sloane Stephens (U.S.) beat 30-Julia Goerges (Germany) 6-3 3-6 6-1
9-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 6-3 3-6 6-1


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