Wimbledon: Petra Kvitova beats Carla Suarez Navarro to reach quarter-finals
Last Updated: 01/07/13 5:20pm
Petra Kvitova: Former winner is through to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon
Former champion Petra Kvitova booked her spot in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro.
The 23-year-old Czech player edged a tight first set in which both players had their serve broken before going on to win a more straightforward second.
Kvitova, who took the Wimbledon title in 2011, put in a much improved display in the second set, hitting 18 winners and eight unforced errors when the respective tally had been seven and 13 in the first set.
Suarez Navarro did still have three break-point opportunities in the second set but could not convert any of them, allowing Kvitova to complete the win in an hour and 24 minutes.
World No 8 Kvitova, who is the highest seed left in the bottom half of the draw, will face Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in the last eight after she defeated Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.
"Everybody is talking about me being the highest seeded player in my half; I'm supposed to be already in the final. That's something it's not really easy to hear," Kvitova said.
"The girls who are in these rounds, they are playing their best. They are in good form, they are in good shape. That's quite tricky."
The other quarter-final in the bottom half of the draw will see American prospect Sloane Stephens take on former finalist Marion Bartoli.
Stephens came from a set down to beat Monica Puig 4-6 7-5 6-1 in round four, while Bartoli defeated Karin Knapp 6-2 6-3.