Hard feelings aside, even Wozniacki conceded she understood the business side of the sport and Sharapova's place in it.
She fell in the fourth round at the French Open, but she reached the Wimbledon final before losing to Garbine Muguruza. I was not really enjoying myself the first three matches. "I'm very grateful that I can be part of it again", Kvitova said. There's an element of concentration, focus, physicality that goes into all of it. "You've got to take it and I'm going to try and take it". But far more remarkable is the fact that she's playing at all: In December, a man broke into her Czech Republic apartment and attacked her with a knife, badly injuring her left hand.
The 30-year-old Russian finished with 51 unforced errors, compared to 14 for Sevastova. "It has been a really great ride". It was an incredible opportunity.
Targeting her opponent's misfiring forehand, Kvitova levelled to 4-4 and had break points at 5-4 and 6-5 before sealing the tiebreak. The former Wimbledon champion beat Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to seal berth in last eight.
Kvitova made it through to the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza on Ashe Stadium Sunday night.
Playing in only her eighth tournament this year, Kvitova could be short of match practice but not confidence at the U.S. Open.
Kanepi is no stranger to the latter stages of grand slams but has plummeted down the rankings because of injury and illness and needed to use her protected ranking just to enter qualifying. She returned to the tour at Wimbledon in July.
She strolled onto floodlit Arthur Ashe as if on a catwalk, wearing a jet black dress that sparkled with Swarovski crystals for her opening match against Simona Halep and duly dumped the second seed out of the tournament.
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"I'm still working on the strength, I think, which is still missing", Kvitova said.
Querrey got to the first Grand Slam semifinal of his career at Wimbledon in July. "I will always remember it".
But the Spaniard was so confident, so assured after her brilliant summer and looked to have too much consistency for Kvitova when she eased into a 4-1 lead.
Kvitova admitted to nerves in the final game, where she had to save three break points, roaring herself to victory.
Sharapova, the 2006 US Open victor, was able to find the positives after making 51 unforced errors to only 14 by Sevastova, whose 21 winners were half the 30-year-old Russian's total.
"What she's gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable", said Williams.
Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta against Argentine Diego Schwartzman will start action on the main arena.
The No. 29 seed from Argentina beat 16th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France 7-6 (3), 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 in his first career fourth-round match in a major.
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