Petra prevails in “nightmare”
This had a ‘match of the tournament’ vibe as soon as these two major players strolled onto court. Both with two Grand Slam titles to their name, Garbiñe Muguruza and Petra Kvitova simply put on a show.
The Spaniard had two match points at 6-5 in a blistering deciding set, before Kvitova rallied in a catalogue of top-tier points to inch to a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6[12-10] triumph.
The match tie-break was enthralling, not that Kvitova agreed.
“I really had to fight, fight, fight, to win this match, especially with a break down in the third one. Facing few match points on my serve, and then the tie-break was just nightmare,” said the 32-year-old.
“I'm glad that somehow worked out, it was a big relief after the match points. Finally!”
The Czech took inspiration from Serena Williams fending off five match points on Friday night during her movie-style last ever singles match, before succumbing to an inspired Ajla Tomljanovic.
“It was very special, she didn't want to leave the court, for sure. That was the same case with me today actually,” continued Kvitova. “I didn't want to go out of this tournament, so I was just there hanging somehow. But I think that's what Serena showed last night.”