Is Two-Time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova On Course for a US Open Title?
Few people can begrudge Petra Kvitova’s return to form at the US Open. The Czech player was attacked in her apartment back in December 2016 requiring emergency surgery on her left hand. Despite revealing she is still feeling the effects of the horrific incident, she powered past Wimbledon 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza to reach the Quarter Finals of the competition.
It wasn’t looking good for the 13th seed who found herself trailing 4-1 in the opening set but she managed to battle back and overcome her Spanish opponent via a tie-break. Muguruza has been the favourite for the final Grand Slam of the year but didn’t have any response to the power-play of the Czech.
Kvitova, who was victorious at SW19 in both 2011 and 2014, faces a tough test against Venus Williams with the field whittled down to just eight players but has nothing to fear against the American. The 27-year-old only began her comeback in May but has progressed magnificently in less than five months back on the court.
Kvitova is now the second favourite for the title with Coral UK (10/3) behind the impressive Karolina Pliskova (3/1). The top seed put in a convincing display to sweep aside Jennifer Brady in just 47 minutes. She fell agonisingly short 12 months ago and will be aiming to make amends in New York this time around. The two Czech competitors could potentially face one another in the US Open final on September 9th if they are able to continue their upward momentum.
Meanwhile, the home crowd have plenty to cheer with Venus Williams (7/1), Sloane Stephens (7/1), Madison Keys (7/2), and Coco Vandeweghe (8/1) all reaching the Quarter Finals this year. Each of the US players stands a decent chance of reaching the final four.