Petra Kvitova let her emotions flow after reaching her first final here since 2012, as the double Wimbledon winner defeated China’s Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-3.
The Czech seventh seed admitted that the thought of returning to the last eight at Roland Garros brought a small tear to the eye as she served out the win.
“I got a bit emotional during the last two points of my match,” the 30-year-old said. “I really started to think about the match; in tennis we really never know when it will end.”
The much beloved competitor whose career was almost ended by a 2016 home invasion which left her with knife wounds on her hands, said she gets nothing but pleasure from playing in Paris.
“Memories from when I made my comeback here 2017,.. when I stepped onto the Philippe Chatrier (showcourt) I couldn’t really imagine being in the quarter-finals.
“Everything just came back to me.. when I talk about it (2017), I get emotional.
“I had my whole family, people who I love to help me through the tough, tough time. Just everything came back to my mind.”
Kvitova can also celebrate a return to the ranking Top 10 after her quarter-final win.
She will play Laura Siegemund, whose appetite for victory produced a 6-2, 7-5 decision over Spain’s Paula Badosa.
The hungry German took advantage of her opponent’s medical timeout to actually have a small meal since she said later she was feeling peckish.
” I was trying to get some carbs in,” she explained. “So I asked my physio to bring me something else. I just wanted to get some carb, some potato or rice, whatever.
“You have to listen to the body, it kind of tells you what you need. She was taking a medical at that point so I could.
“It probably looks weird having a fork and eating like that, but better than low (blood) sugar…”
Siegemund’s presence ensures nine straight years of unseeded women’s quarter-finalist here.
“It was a tough, tough day today, it was really cold and windy. “I wasn’t feeling my best today, but managed,” the 32-year-old said. “I’m happy that I got through anyway.”.
Siegemund will be competing in her first Grand Slam singles quarter-final after winning the US open doubles last month