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.

Roland Garros Paris French Open 2020 Laura Siegemund (GER) Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

” 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 

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