Fifth seed Petra Kvitova has crashed out of the US Open after a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 loss to Italy’s Flavia Pennetta in New York on Wednesday. Kvitova had looked solid before this quarter-final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, with many touting her as a serious contender for the overall title. However the Italian had other ideas and after dropping the first set came back to send the Czech out of the tournament.
Pennetta won 60% of first and second serve points while Kvitova won 58% on first and 40% on second in this two hours and 23 minutes battle. The 26th seed hit 21 winners and committed 16 unforced errors in comparison to the two-time Wimbledon winner’s 41 winners and 60 unforced errors. Pennetta will play Simona Halep in the semi-finals.
The Romanian was made to work hard for her 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over former Big Apple finalist Victoria Azarenka. This is the first time since 1982 that all four women’s singles quarter-finals went the full three-set distance. Although the match last three sets and took two hours and 40 minutes at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, both players struggled for quality on their second serves.
Azarenka won 31% while Halep won just 29% of second serve points. Perhaps the most telling factor was the Belorussian’s 42 unforced errors.