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Kvitova edges Muruguza in final tiebreaker at U.S. Open

2022 US Open - Day 6

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 03: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic hits a forehand against Garbine Muguruza in the third round of the women’s singles at the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Frey/TPN/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK - Petra Kvitova erased a pair of match points and converted her fourth to edge Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (12-10) in a showdown between two-time major champions.

Kvitova reached her first U.S. Open quarterfinal since 2017.

She kept coming back - after dropping the first set, after trailing 5-2 in the third, after being a point from defeat twice at 6-5.

Here’s how close this one was: Kvitova won 109 total points, Muguruza 108.

It took the new format final-set tiebreaker to determine the winner. The four Grand Slam tournaments agreed to adopt a uniform system this year, with the third sets of women’s matches and fifth sets of men’s decided by a first-to-10, win-by-two formula; the U.S. Open used to have the more traditional first-to-seven setup.

Kvitova, a left-hander who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, overcame 12 double-faults with 14 aces and 50 total winners. She improved to 6-1 against No. 9 seed Muguruza, the champion at the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.

No. 21 Kvitova on Monday will face the winner of the match between No. 8 Jessica Pegula and qualifier Yuan Yue for a berth in the quarterfinals.