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Thu Apr 24 08:59:11 SAST 2014

Serena blasts defending champion Kvitova off court

Reuters | 03 July, 2012 17:390 Comments
The Championships - Wimbledon 2012: Day Eight
Serena Williams of the USA reacts after winning her Ladies' Singles quarterfinal match against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Petra Kvitova’s hopes of defending her Wimbledon title were shot to pieces in a hail of Centre Court canon fire from Serena Williams who ousted the defending champion 6-3 7-5 in their quarter-final on Tuesday.

The quality of tennis on show could have graced a final as both players tore into each other with rasping serves and ferocious groundstrokes, but it was the greater power and fight of the four-times winner that won out.

She broke in the sixth game of the first set when Kvitova sent a crosscourt forehand wide and then closed it out when the Czech sent a backhand return long.

Williams saved break point in the 10th game of the second and then made her opponent pay, breaking the very next game before serving it out to set up a semi-final against either Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka or Austria’s Tamira Paszek.

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