Kvitova fights back from knife attack to shine at US Open

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But the Czech battled her way back, saving a break point for 1-5 with a backhand on the baseline and fighting to take the first set 7-6 (3) in 64 minutes.

Kvitova's power from the baseline proved too much after she held serve before breaking again in the 11th game but the topsy-turvy set continued as Muguruza broke back immediately to force a tie-break, where the former composed herself to hit the front.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during their fourth round match.

The 2016 French Open victor has made an effort to adapt on all surfaces this season, which has been key to her rise to number three in the world rankings. But sometimes I just really feel that the touch is there, the strength, the aggressive kind of game plan of it is there, which I'm really, really appreciative for that.

Kvitova, whose first event this year was the French Open, has a new appreciation for her chances at Grand Slam glory. Over all, it's a very good tournament for me. "What else can I say except I'm glad to see her back?"

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The Czech claimed the Birmingham title in June but has since struggled to go deep in the tournaments, including her pre-U.S. "Looking at her past matches, I think she was playing even better", said Muguruza. I'm sorry, I'm not sorry I beat her.

Kvitova admitted to nerves in the final game, where she had to save three break points, roaring herself to victory. After winning that game, Muguruza gained a little confidence and definitely gave Kvitova a hard time closing the match out. At her first two majors after returning from her hand injury, Kvitova did not advance past the second round. "She played very good".

"What she has gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable", Williams said.

Muguruza responded well to break at the start of the second but another double fault immediately handed Kvitova three break point opportunities and she converted. "To be able to come out here and do what she needs to do, to clear her head, it's such a lovely thing to see".

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