Garbine Muguruza v Petra Kvitova - player profiles

Garbine Muguruza v Petra Kvitova - player profiles

Garbine Muguruza v Petra Kvitova - player profiles

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash against seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams after defeating pre-tournament favorite Garbine Muguruza in straight sets on Sunday at the ongoing US Open.

Muguruza, who was chasing back-to-back Grand Slams having won Wimbledon back in July, broke when a first opportunity fell in the fourth game, with the unforced errors quickly mounting up off Kvitova's racket.

The two double-Grand Slam champions went toe-to-toe under the lights on Arthur Ashe, and while it was Muguruza who drew first blood to take to a 4-1 lead, Kvitova bounced back to clinch the opening set on a tie-break.

Kvitova - who showed no signs of the severe hand injury she suffered during a horrific home invasion in December - will face Venus Williams in her second last-eight appearance in NY after the ninth seed prevailed against Carla Suarez Navarro.

Muguruza still has a chance to claim the No. 1 ranking after this tournament.

The 23-year-old could yet finish the tournament as world number one, with Elina Svitolina needing to reach the semi-finals or Karolina Pliskova the final to deny her.

"I was happy about this match because she wasn't seeded here, but obviously, she knows how to play", the ninth-seeded Williams said of Suárez Navarro.

Meanwhile, USA's Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens also made it into the next round.

The two-time major victor paid tribute to Kvitova, saying the 27-year-old - who faces Venus Williams in the last eight - was simply too good. I mean, she has a big serve, big server of course.

"I think she was serving very good". She continued to pick on Muguruza's forehand and varying shots to that side. "To be able to be out there and execute things that I wanted, it was a good feeling".

"I like it", she said. "The world we live in is just shocking".

The Spaniard has produced some of her career's finest displays over the last couple of months to lift Wimbledon and Cincinnati titles.

Muguruza found Kvitova's form astonishing considering what she has been through.

This is the second time in three years that the 37-year-old Williams - the oldest woman in the bracket - has advanced to the quarterfinals at the US Open. "To be able to come out here and do what she needs to do, to clear her head, it's such a handsome thing to see".

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