WTA WUHAN AND TASHKENT: Kvitova defeats Kerber in a Thriller in Wuhan; Flipkens remains on course in Tashkent

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WTA WUHAN AND TASHKENT: Kvitova defeats Kerber in a Thriller in Wuhan; Flipkens remains on course in Tashkent

There were some excellent matches across the two WTA tourneys being played out this week. And though there were upsets, the quality of tennis was incredible. Here’s a look at the pre-quarter-final results from Wuhan and Tashkent: Wuhan Open Third Round Simona Halep was the first player to reach the quarter-final in Wuhan.

The fourth seed won 6-3, 6-3 against Yaroslava Shvedova in one hour 15 minutes and will next play eighth seed Madison Keys. The eighth seed American withstood not only her opponent, but also inclement weather conditions in the form of harsh winds.

Keys eventually pulled through 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in an hour and 51 minutes. Defending champion Venus Williams was ousted by Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets in 70 minutes. The sixth played inexplicably and looked to be frustrated with her game all throughout.

Kuznetsova never lost control over the match and dropped just four games en route to securing a place in the last eight. This was the players’ ninth meeting, and first in almost seven years, and after the win Kuznetsova leads their head-to-head 5-4.

Kuznetsova will face third seed Agnieszka Radwanska for a place in the semi-finals after the Pole halted Caroline Wozniacki’s run of form in straight sets. Radwanska won 6-4, 6-2, seeing off a first set comeback from the Dane.

Leading by two breaks of serve, Radwanska was broken twice by Wozniacki, who levelled the first set at 4-4. However, it wasn’t enough in the end as Radwanska got a third break to pocket the set 6-4. Wozniacki looked to be out-of-sorts yet again in the second set and though she saved a match point in the eighth game, Radwanska saw her off notching the win on her second match point on her rival’s serve.

Johanna Konta will take on Petra Kvitova after defeating Carla Suarez Navarro in their pre-quarter-final. The 11th seeded Briton wrapped up a tough straight setter 7-5, 7-6 (6) in over two hours. Suarez Navarro had a break in the second set, but wasn’t able to hold on to the lead and despite her efforts in the eventual tie-break, went on to lose the set – and the match.

In the fight to the finish between two southpaws, Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova, it was the latter who prevailed in the end. Both players matched each other in their intensity, but it was Kvitova who pushed herself through in crucial moments to edge out her rival.

The Czech led right from the start, securing a 3-1 for herself after an early break, but Kerber broke back to level the set. Of the 12 breaks of serve, the pair traded, three were exchanged in the opening set. In the tie-break, it was the two-time Wimbledon champion who had set points – three of them – before Kerber saved them all to pocket it 12-10.

In the second set, Kvitova held on to her break right until the 10th game when she had a chance to serve for the set, but was broken by Kerber. The next game once again saw Kvitova get another break and while serving for the set in the 12th game, she didn’t falter but equalised the match.

In the final set, the same pattern repeated though Kvitova didn’t allow any chance to break back. She saved all 10 break points on her serve, including five while trying to serve for the match in the 10th game. Finally, on her seventh match point after over three hours of play, she gained purchase to finally clinch a place in the quarters.