The Czech Petra Kvitova (11th) qualified for the second time in her career for the semi-finals at Roland Garros, eight years after the first, by dominating the German Laura Siegemund (66th) in two sets 6-3 , 6-3 Wednesday. In 2012, Kvitova gave in to Maria Sharapova, future winner, in the last four. Since then, she had not passed the round of 16 on Parisian clay. The Czech left-hander (30) will face an American for a place in the final, Sofia Kenin (6th) or Danielle Collins (57th).
The other semi-final will pit the young Polish Iga Swiatek (54th), 19, against the Argentinian surprise after qualifying Nadia Podoroska (131st). “To play a semi-final in Paris again means a lot to me. It’s full of emotions to be here again, on Philippe-Chartrier court, after everything that has happened. I am really very happy“, Kvitova described, referring to the stabbing attack she suffered in late December 2016, during a burglary at her home in the Czech Republic.
This event had put her career in peril for a time: her injured left hand had required a major operation and she had been away from the courts for five months.
It was precisely at Roland-Garros that she returned to competition in the spring of 2017. “You could say that in a way this place brings me luck“, a souri Kvitova. “I could not have imagined that I would replay a semi-final here after everything that happened. I’m really happy to still be able to play and compete with the best“, she added.
Like Swiatek, Kvitova climbed into the last four without dropping a single set. Facing Siegemund (32), who was playing her first Grand Slam quarter-final and was manipulated in the lower back on several occasions by the physiotherapist, the double Wimbledon winner (2011 and 2014) struck 22 winning shots against only 15 unforced errors to win in 1h20.
His qualification for the quarter-finals had already assured him of re-establishing himself in the top 10 at the end of the Parisian fortnight.