London - Petra Kvitova flew the flag for former Wimbledon champions on Monday
when she became the first to make the quarter-finals with a 7-6 6-3 win
over doughty Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.
high-profile departures of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Maria
Sharapova in the first week, Kvitova sneaked through on a blustery Court
Three before the main fourth-round action had started on the big show
It was not all plain sailing for the 2011 champion, who
has yet to rediscover the consistency that took her to world number two
20 months ago.
"I was pretty nervous today...I didn't play my
best, especially in the first set. But it's important to win the last
point which was what I did," Kvitova told a news conference.
Navarro, 24, the last Spanish woman in the draw, harried her from the
baseline, moving fast, returning early and chasing down the Czech's
She was watched in the stands by Fed Cup
captain Conchita Martinez, the only Spanish woman to win the Wimbledon
title when she beat Martina Navratilova in the 1994 final.
seed Kvitova, 23, broke the Spaniard's serve and should have finished
off the first set in the 12th game but nervy shots allowed Suarez
Navarro to break back, using her rare and elegant single-handed backhand
to stinging effect.
With big names like the injured Victoria
Azarenka and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki gone, Kvitova
was clearly feeling the weight of expectation.
talking about that I'm the highest seeded player in my half, I'm
supposed to be already in the final. It's not really easy to hear that,"
But the statuesque Czech's power eventually proved too
much for her more diminutive opponent and she pressured Suarez Navarro
into slapping a forehand into the net to take the set 7-5 in the
Emerging victorious from a tight tiebreak appeared to
energise Kvitova and she bowled through the second set in 34 minutes,
using her big left-handed serve, long reach and strength to quell her
Kvitova will play 20th seed Kirsten Flipkens in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
"I lost against her last time in Miami. So I hope that I can play better tennis than in the last match," she said.
"We've never played on the grass, which is quite difficult." Results from the seventh day of Wimbledon (x denotes seeded player):
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Tommy Haas (GER x13) 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)
Tomas Berdych (CZE x7) bt Bernard Tomic (AUS) 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-4
David Ferrer (ESP x4) bt Ivan Dodig (CRO) 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, 6-1
Juan Martn Del Potro (ARG x8) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA x23) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3
Lukasz Kubot (POL) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz (POL x24) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 3-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) bt Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Andy Murray (GBR x2) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x20) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1
Sabine Lisicki (GER x23) bt Serena Williams (USA x1) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Laura Robson (GBR) 7-6 (8/6), 7-5
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Li Na (CHN x6) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA x11) 6-2, 6-0
Sloane Stephens (USA x17) bt Monica Puig (PUR) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Marion Bartoli (FRA x15) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-2, 6-3
Petra Kvitova (CZE x8) bt Carla Surez (ESP x19) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL x20) bt Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 7-6 (7/2), 6-3