Kvitova, the Czech winner of Wimbledon in 2011 and seeded fourth in this tournament, battled for an hour and three quarters in the night match to take out Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the number seventeen seed from Russia in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (4). After sealing a relatively easy first set, the two players went toe to toe in the second, with no breaks of serve on either side of the net, but it was Kvitova who raced to a 4-1 lead in the tie breaker and then never looked troubled, taking the set 7-6 with the breaker 7-4.
The second semi will be between Venus Williams and Na Li, after Li routed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 6-1 in just one hour ten minutes on court in the other night match. This was Li’s second match of the day, as her third round match against Johanna Larsson had been postponed from the previous night because of rain.
Li leads Williams 2-0 in their head to head count, while Kerber and Kvitova are at 1-1. Both these match ups should produce great tennis and possibly a new name on the trophy.