Petra Kvitova returned to the French Open semifinals for the first time in eight years after defeating Germany’s Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-3 in their quarterfinal match, yesterday.
The two-time Wimbledon champion will face either Australian Open winner, Sofia Kenin or Danielle Collins for a place in Saturday’s final.
“It means a lot to be back in the semifinals,” said 30-year-old Kvitova, who was beaten by eventual champion, Maria Sharapova, when she made the same stage in 2012.
“After my last match, I was very emotional to be in the quarterfinals. Now, I’m in the semi’s. I never imagined this would happen after everything that has happened. This is my lucky place.”
Kvitova made her comeback in 2017 in Paris after spending six months recovering from a terrifying knife attack at her home in December 2016.
The frenzied assault required a four-hour operation and left her with damaged ligaments in her playing hand. Doctors warned her that her career may be finished.
On Wednesday, Kvitova fired 22 winners and six aces past 32-year-old Siegemund, the world number 66, who was playing in the quarterfinals of a Slam for the first time.
One break of serve in the opener was enough for Kvitova while five more breaks followed in the second set.
Kvitova, who has yet to drop a set at the tournament, claimed victory when Siegemund served up a third double fault of the tie.
“I am happy to be here and to be able to compete with the best especially in these conditions – roof open, roof closed, sunshine, windy.”