With many of the top women’s seed still active in Madrid, this sets up a fantastic quarter-final clash between top ranked Serena Williams and Czech No. 1 Petra Kvitova. Wiliams remains perfect against Kvitova, as she holds an impeccable 5-0 record dating back to 2010. Check out the Williams vs Kvitova Head to Head matches.
World No. 1 Serena Williams picked up a milestone 650th career match win on Thursday afternoon, when she defeated Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the quarter-final round. Credit to Navarro for producing a strong performance against an opponent who had double bageled her during their last encounter at the US Open in 2013, as Suarez managed four breaks of serve during the match, but was immediately broken back each time. Serena’s 11 winners was more than enough to secure the 6-2, 6-3 win.
Williams is only the 11th WTA player to ever reach the 650 mark.
“I feel like she played really well today,” Williams said. “She made me work for every point and it wasn’t an easy win. I think that was her goal today, was to put on a really good show and play really hard and show me what she’s capable of. She’s obviously capable of doing a lot on the court.
“She just won a title last week, so she’s definitely not an easy player to play”
Kvitova faced a slightly more difficult match than her upcoming opponent, as she rallied to recover from a early 4-0 deficit against Lucie Safarova. She would eventually find her form and defeat the Czech 6-4, -3 to reach the final eight in Madrid. The 2011 Madrid Open champion has not gotten past the second round in her last two attempts but is now one win away from reaching the semi-finals.
This marks the sixth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Williams holding an undefeated 5-0 record. This is their first ever meeting on clay, and while that could lead to a tighter contest, it will still heavily favour the top ranked American.
Prediction: Serena Williams in Straight Sets
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