Nature Valley Classic: Petra Kvitova reaches quarter-finals in Birmingham

Nature Valley Classic: Petra Kvitova reaches quarter-finals in Birmingham

Nature Valley Classic: Petra Kvitova reaches quarter-finals in Birmingham

"I think a few of the games were very tight, especially when you need to break".

She fared slightly better in Birmingham and looked to have turned things around when she broke for 4-2 in the second set only to lose four games in a row and the match 6-2 6-4. "We have a lot of time now to prepare", she said.

There were no such problems for Kvitova, however, as she defeated Daria Gavrilova 6-2 6-2.

Her conqueror by 6-2, 6-4 was Barbora Strycova, a tenacious Czech with a good record at this tournament, but not yet a Grand Slam contender and languishing several places outside the world top 20. "I'm going to practice more to get ready for Wimbledon (in 11 days)". So probably that's why I'm kind of not really stressing too much about match. But she also lost to Strycova at Eastbourne a week later past year before going on to win Wimbledon.

"I'm a fighter and I like to fight, on and off the court", said Strycova.

Although Muguruza lost in Birmingham a year ago too, she played four useful warm-up matches against two this time.

Gavrilova, who had won the last two matchups against Kvitova, made errors at important moments, including four double faults during her first two service games, which she lost.

She faces fifth seed Julia Goerges in the last eight after the German halted Ashleigh Barty's strong run. "It's always tough to get the break on the grass", Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, said. "But that's fine. The grass helped me for sure". It is fair to say that the grass court definitely lends itself to her game the most of all surfaces as it reacts well to her slice, allows her to use the variety she has in her game, but what is not mentioned enough is how it gives her serve that little bit more bite that the other surfaces don't.

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