Williams, Kvitova to lock horns in US Open quarters

The players met for a warm hug after the match

No. 13-seed Kvitova upset No. 3-seed Garbine Muguruza on Sunday night, winning 7-6 (3), 6-3 to advance to the U.S. Open final eight for the second time in her career.

Kvitova has knocked off third seed Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 in the fourth round of the US Open.

But the two-time Wimbledon champion was satisfied with her performance, saying: "I feel great, of course".

Kvitova - who showed no signs of the severe hand injury she suffered during a horrific home invasion in December - will face Venus Williams in her second last-eight appearance in NY after the ninth seed prevailed against Carla Suarez Navarro.

Kvitova then moved ahead with a third straight break, and while she failed to convert a match point on Muguruza's serve at 5-2, the 27-year-old closed it out a game later after saving three dramatic break-back points.

Muguruza could become world number one for the first time, unless current number one Karolina Pliskova makes the final or fourth seed Elina Svitolina reaches the semi-finals.

"I knew how everything was just so tight and very close, every game that we played in the end of the match".

Meanwhile, USA's Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens also made it into the next round.

She'll face Venus Williams in the quarterfinals.

"These first rounds against early opponents are very tough, so I just keep playing my best and hope for the win". Williams has seven Grand Slam singles titles but hasn't won in Flushing since 2001. "If people think I could be a good competitor there and go far, that's fine. All five months were very tough", Kvitova said.

Muguruza found Kvitova's form astonishing considering what she has been through. "The world we live in is just shocking".

"Given all she's been gone through", Muguruza said, "playing at this level is remarkable". "To be able to come out here and do what she needs to do, to clear her head, it's such a handsome thing to see". Now, she's into the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

"I like it", she said.

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