Kvitova, Stosur Set Slam-Winner Semifinal in New Haven

CONNECTICUT OPEN - DAY 7 THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014 KVITOVA vs. ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA
UPDATED: 9:35 p.m. | Image above by Billie Weiss/Connecticut Open

Thursday marked quarterfinal day at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, featuring No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova vying for a sport in the semifinals. The 2012 Champion did not disappoint, taking down Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova in the opening match on Stadium Court. American Alison Riske fell to Magdalena Rybarikova in the second match, who will face Camila Giorgi in the semifinals.

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Kvitova Strong in Quarters
In a match-up of countrywomen, No. 2 seed Kvitova upended Zahlavova-Strycova, 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals. Kvitova, the lone seed remaining in the field, displayed a dominant serve, winning her service points at an impressive 70 percent clip.

Stosur Sets All-Slam Winner SF
Sam Stosur assured an all-Grand Slam winner semifinal in New Haven with a hard-fought 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over a game Kirsten Flipkens on Thursday night. The match had just four breaks in it – one each in the first two sets and two in the decider – and Stosur was able to come out the victor, hitting a final winner up the line to secure that second break and seal her first semifinal since Hobart.

Rybarikova Defeats Riske
Rybarikova continues her impressive stretch at the 2014 Connecticut Open. After defeating defending Champion and top-seed Simona Halep in the Round of 16, she took down Riske, 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 to reach the semifinals. She will face Camila Giorgi in the semifinals.

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Giorgi Holds Off Muguruza
In a fantastic match between two up-and-comers, hard-hitting Giorgi staved off Muguruza to win 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2 on Stadium Court. The Italian moves on to face Rybarikova in the semifinals.

Erakovic, Parra-Santonja and Garcia, Niculescu Into Doubles Semifinals
Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova, 1-6, 7-5, 10-7, to advance to the doubles semifinals. In the second doubles tilt today, Caroline Garcia and Monica Niculescu knocked off top-seeded Cara Black and Sania Mirza, 7-6(2), 6-4. Both teams will meet each other for the right to play in the finals.

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