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Tennis | Roland Garros 2020 | Day 9 Diary: Emotions run high as Kvitova reaches quarter-final, British juniors advance

  • Petra Kvitova emotional as she gains quarter-final berth for first time since 2012
  • Brit juniors advance to the second round
PARIS, FRANCE – It was an emotional day for Petra Kvitova as she reached the quarter-final, and British juniors achieve what the seniors could not as they all advance into round two.


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Petra Kvitova [7] def. Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-4

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A perennial fans’ favourite, Petra Kvitova has shed more than her fair share of tears over the years. There have been tears of joy at winning two Grand Slam titles (Wimbledon 2011, 2014) and no doubt tears of fear and frustration after the knife attack at her home in 2016.

Despite the horrific injuries, she defied the odds and made an equally emotional comeback to the tour on Court Philippe-Chatrier in 2017, and she explained why the last two points today brought back some of those feelings.

She told reporters: “I got a bit emotional last two points of my match. I really started to think still about the match because in tennis we really never know when it’s end. But my memories, happy memories, when I made my comeback here 2017, when I step on the Philippe Chatrier, I couldn’t really imagine me to be in the quarterfinal of this slam. Everything just came back to me. When I’m talking, I’m getting emotional again.

“It’s been long ride definitely. Everything came to my mind when I had my whole family, people who I loved to helped me through the tough, tough time. Just everything came back to my mind. I just saw them. It was such nice to win the match and to be in the quarterfinal.”

After an earlier than expected loss in the US Open, Kvitova skipped Rome as the run-in to Roland Garros and returned to the Czech Republic to prepare on home clay and she will face Laura Siegemund in the quarter-final.


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Brit Juniors advance into second round

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With the winning start made by Matilda Mutavdzic [15] as the Junior tournament continued, she joined Arther Fery [9] and Felix Gill as the juniors achieved a better start to this year’s Roland Garros than the senior Brits.

Mutavdzic was lucky to clear the weather which closed in, just as Fery was about to start his second round match, and all three were due to play doubles today – which was dropped from the schedule.

Fery went on to dominate in his second round for the loss of only one game.

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Talking of doubles, it was not to be for Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury. The No. 3 seeds were pipped to the post in the decider by Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares [7] 4-6 6-4 7-5. British interest will continue in the men’s doubles with Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski who will face Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.

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