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Australian Open: Kvitova beats Sakkari to reach quarter-finals

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari in their fourth round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari in their fourth round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AP

She will meet either top seed Ash Barty or Alison Riske, who play later on Sunday

Petra Kvitova came from a set down and took full advantage as her Greek opponent Maria Sakkari's self-belief drained away to advance to the Australian Open quarter-finals with a 6-7(4) 6-3 6-2 victory on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.

Seventh seed Kvitova looked second best early on against Sakkari, who was backed by loud support from local Greek fans, but seized the advantage in a second set where both players struggled to hold serve.

Greece's Maria Sakkari reacts during her fourth round singles match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.

Greece's Maria Sakkari reacts during her fourth round singles match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

The two-times Wimbledon champion broke Sakkari four times in the second set and then took a 3-0 lead in the decider to give her the advantage she needed to put away the stubborn 22nd-seed in two hours, 12 minutes.

Czech Kvitova will meet either top seed Ash Barty or Alison Riske, who play later on Sunday, in the last eight.

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