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How The Match Was Won: Petra Kvitova v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

Petra Kvitova celebrates on Centre Court
by Helen Gilbert
Tuesday 1 July 2014

The key components of Petra Kvitova's 6-1, 7-5 quarter-final win against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Impressive shot-making: Kvitova hit 29 winners compared to five by Zahlavova Strycova.

Zahlavova Strycova mistakes: She hit six double faults as opposed to Kvitova’s one.

Breakpoint chances: Kvitova created 14 breakpoint opportunities, compared to only four by Zahlavova Strycova.

Aggressive netplay: Kvitova attacked more successfully at the net converting almost 70 per cent of her opportunities.

Experience and resolve: Last year Kvitova lost at the quarter final stage to Kirsten Flipkens, but this year she demonstrated steely determination to prevail. “I'm aggressive definitely more than last year,” she said.

Path to the quarter-finals

First round: The 2011 Wimbledon champion overcame Andrew Hlavackova 6-3, 6-0 in one hour and 15 minutes in the battles of the Czechs.

Second round: Kvitova dispatched Germany’s Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-0 in 55 minutes.

Third round: In the clash of former champions, Kvitova ousted America’s Venus Williams 5-7, 7-6 (2), 7-5 in two and a half hours.

Fourth round: The Czech struck 25 winners on the way to her swift 6-3, 6-2 victory over China’s Shuai Peng 61 minutes.

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