Venus & Kvitova Step Into The Spotlight In US Open Quarters

The only Grand Slam champions left in the women’s draw will clash when Venus Williams plays Petra Kvitova in the US Open quarter-finals on day nine.

Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova will open the night session on Wednesday.

Venus is the only former US Open winner in the last eight of the women’s singles category, and she’ll definitely be looking for her first Grand Slam title in nine years.

“I’ll take any advantage I can get, let’s face it,” said the 37-year-old, Williams. But at the end of the day when I go out there and someone’s across the net from me, they’re playing well. They’re not going to give you any matches.”

Venus has reached the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, and is in contention to win a third US Open title 20 years after an impressive runners up achievement on her debut.

Meanwhile, Petra Kvitova will play in a Grand Slam quarter final for the first time since suffering a knife attack nine months ago.

The Czech required surgery on her playing hand and only returned to the sport in May.

Venus had this to say about Kvitova’s wonderful performances thus far: “What she’s gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable. The world we live in is just shocking,” added Williams. So for her, I think to be playing well is such a blessing. To be able to come out here and do what she needs to do, to clear her head, it’s such a beautiful thing to see.”

When asked about the match against Venus, Kvitova said: “We always had tough battles but I will try my best. She’s a big server of course. She has something special which the other players doesn’t have.”

Kvitova leads the head-to-head record against Venus 4-1.

Unseeded American Sloane Stephens then takes on Latvian 16th seed Anastasia Sevastova, who overcame Maria Sharapova to reach the last eight.

The pair will be followed onto Arthur Ashe Stadium by American 17th seed Sam Querrey and 28th seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

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