The rapidly improving and very stylish fourteenth seeded Russian player, Maria Kirilenko, held her nerve earlier today to overcome 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic who was seeded six in this Olympic competition in straight sets, 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.
Kirilenko was the steadier player in this encounter and took full advantage of Kvitova’s trademark lapses in concentration. Although Kvitova out aced Kirilenko 8 to 1, she also served four double faults to Kirilenko’s zero; and hit 11 unforced errors. The Russian had excellent overall serving stats and was vastly superior at the net, winning all five points when she ventured forward, but Kvitova had the better stats on forehand, backhand and total winner stats.
Kirilenko will face the winner of the match between third seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia and the unseeded former world number one, Kim Klijsters of Belgium, in the semis.