A look at the form and records of America’s Venus Williams and Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova ahead of their quarter-final match at the U.S. Open on Tuesday:
The only remaining former U.S. Open champion in the quarter-finals of the women’s draw, ninth seed Venus Williams has not run into much trouble as she bids to win her eighth grand slam and first in nine years. Venus, who reached the final in both the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, meets a revitalised Kvitova who has a better head-to-head record against the American at 4-1 and should prove a tough test.
Eight months after sustaining a career-threatening hand injury in a knife attack, the Czech finds herself in the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open and on course for her third grand slam title. The two-time Wimbledon champion, who won a title at Birmingham in June, stunned pre-tournament favourite and third seed Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round and has not dropped a set so far.