Suárez Navarro, a tenacious Spaniard with a fluid one-handed backhand, was a known quantity for Williams, having won thee of their previous seven matches.
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.
Muguruza, the reigning Wimbledon champion, led by 4-1 in the first set but struggled to match Kvitova’s power on crucial points.
The loss notwithstanding, Muguruza remained upbeat about her summer, which included a title in the Cincinnati event.
At her first two majors after returning from her hand injury, Kvitova did not advance past the second round.
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