Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber became expected 2012 Cincinnati Masters quartefinalists after grabbing two-set wins against Peng Shuai and Andrea Hlavackova respectively.
Fourth seed Kvitova, 2011 Wimbledon champion, had no real troubles in third round of Cincinnati Masters as she finished off unseeded Chinese Peng Shuai in less than an hour. The 22 years old Czech had won their three-set match in second round of London Olympics few weeks ago, too. This time around, Kvitova converted two break points in each of the two sets to give her a comfortable win. Although the Chinese player also had an occasional break point opportunity, she was all in all far from upsetting World No. 5, who slid into quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory and will confront the winner of the Wozniacki-Pavlyuchenkova clash in quarterfinals.
The other Czech player was less successful. 97th-ranked Andrea Hlavackova suffered an expected defeat against fifth seed German Kerber. The first set had been decided with Kerber taking two of her opponent’s serves early on and going 4-1 up. Nevertheless, Hlavackova managed to convert a break point in the next game and had three more chances to take Kerber’s serve a couple of games later, yet she failed to take advantage of them. Hlavackova was close to equalizing the match again as she took a 5-3 lead in the second set ‘breaker’, but lost all of the remaining points to hand Kerber the victory. End result: 6-4, 7-6 (5) for the German world no. 7, who will play Serena Williams next.