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French Open Run Brings Tears Of Joy For Petra Kvitova After Turbulent Journey

The emotional tennis star explains why she was on the verge of crying during her latest match.

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Petra Kvitova (image via https://twitter.com/rolandgarros)

At the French Open Petra Kvitova has perhaps gone through more emotions than anybody else within the past three years.

 

It all started in 2017 when she crashed out in the second round to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The loss wasn’t significant but it was the fact that the tournament was the first she had played since suffering a career-threatening hand injury after a tussle with an intruder in her Czech apartment. The offender has since been jailed for his crime. A year later she lost in the third round before withdrawing from the 2019 tournament due to an arm injury.

Paris has been a roller-coaster journey for the two-time Wimbledon champion but now she is finally finding her footing once again. Taking to the premier court at Roland Garros on Monday to play her fourth round match, Kvitova disposed of China’s Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-4, in just under 80 minutes. Two points away from victory an emotional Kvitova was on the verge of tears before she closing the match out.

“I got a bit emotional during the last two points of my match. I really started to think about the match because in tennis we really never know when it’s going to end,” she said.
“My memories, happy memories, when I made my comeback here in 2017, when I stepped on the Philippe Chatrier, I couldn’t really imagine me to be in the quarter-final of this slam.’
“Everything just came back to me.”

It has been eight years since Kvitova last reached the quarter-final stage of Paris. Since her comeback from her hand injury, she has won an array of titles on the WTA Tour but is yet to prevail in the majors. Although she came agonisingly close the 2019 Australian Open when she lost in three sets to Caroline Wozniacki.

Everything came to my mind when I had my whole family, people who I loved that helped me through that tough, tough time,” she reflected on the significance of her latest win. “Just everything came back to my mind. I just saw them. I was just playing on the Philippe Chatrier. It was so nice to win the match and to be in the quarter-final.”

The question remains if Kvitova can achieve her ultimate fairytale and win the entire tournament? An achievement no Czech woman has done since Hana Mandlíková back in 1981 when she represented Czechoslovakia before switching allegiance to Australia a few years later. On paper Kvitova is one of the favourites given her ranking and resume, but she is refusing to look too far ahead.

“Actually I don’t want to think about it,” she stated. “There are a few matches to go. This is really tough for me to think about that far.”
“I’m just here to play my next match. I will see what will happen afterwards.”

Kvitova will play Germany’s Laura Siegemund in the quarter-finals.

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Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini reach the quarter finals in Madrid

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Alexander Zverev beats Dan Evans 6-3 7-6 (7-3) to reach the quarter final at the Madrid Mutua Open. Matteo Berrettini moved into the quarter final with straight-set win over Federico Delbonis

 

Evans earned an early break to take a 1-0 lead. Zverev broke twice in the second and fourth games to open up a 4-1 lead and closed out the first set 6-3 with an ace. 

Evans saved the only break point of the second set at 4-4. Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break. Zverev got three mini-breaks to win the breaker 7-3. 

Matteo Berrettini has reached the third Masters 1000 quarter final of his career with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. 

The first set went on serve until the eighth game, when Delbonis saved the only break point. Delbonis went up a 4-1 lead, but Berrettini fought back by winning six consecutive games to take the first set 7-4. 

Berrettini went up an early break to take a 2-0 lead, but Delbonis broke straight back to draw level to 2-2, when Berrettini made two forehand unforced errors. The next games went on serve until the 10th game, when Berrettini earned the break to win the second set 6-4. 

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Casper Ruud scored his first win over a top five player, beating this year’s Monte-Carlo champion and Barcelona finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 after 1 hour and 34 minutes without facing a break point. 

 

The Norwegian player has reached his third consecutive clay-court Masters 1000 quarter final following the semifinals in Rome in 2020 and in Monte-Carlo last month. 

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Number 1 seed Ashleigh Barty beat Paula Badosa 6-4 6-3 to reach her fourth final of the 2021 season at the Madrid Mutua Open after winning three titles at the Yarra Valley Classic, Miami and Stuttgart.

 

The first set went on serve in the first nine games. Barty earned two break points in the 10th game with a lob and loose forehands from Badosa. Badosa saved two set points with winners, but Barty converted her third chance after a double fault from Badosa to close out the first set 6-4. 

After an early trade of breaks, Barty earned her second break after a double fault from Badosa in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. The Aussie star saved three break points in the fifth game and held serve for 4-1 with a dropshot. Barty dropped just two more points on serve to close out the second set 6-3. 

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“It was important for me to get that early break back in the second set and keep my nose in front, almost force her to come up with something that was going to be a really high level to be at a high level to be able to get back into the match. I have learnt a lot about clay, without a doubt. I promise you, I am still counting down to the grass court season. It’s one of the my favourite times of the year. I think the memories and the learnings now that we are getting from the red clay has been really cool, to be able to challenge myself in different ways”, said Barty.

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