Petra Kvitova says she was inspired by Serena Williams in the third round win

Petra Kvitova took inspiration from Serena Williams as she collected match points to defeat Garbine Mugurza and reach the fourth round of the US Open.

In a tense duel between the two former Grand Slam champions, Kvitova saved two match points to force a crucial tie-break before finally claiming her fourth match point in a 5-7 6-3 7-6 (10) victory .

Kvitova watched Williams’ emotional final against Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday night as she fought to the end and found winners after five match points.

“I saw those match points when she didn’t give up,” said the Czech, who burst into tears at the end. “She’s always had a nice return. It was something very special, she certainly didn’t want to leave the place.

“It was the same for me today. I didn’t want to get out of this tournament, so I was just kind of stuck there. She also played aggressively. I also.

“So I tried trying those first serves or aces. I thought it was nice to see them fight to the end yesterday.”

It was a tough loss for Muguruza, who finished last season by winning the WTA Finals but struggled throughout the year.

She encouraged herself though, saying: “I’ve had some heavy losses this year but this one definitely makes me feel like my fighting spirit was there, my tennis was there. I probably need a little more confidence playing those match points.”

Kvitova next meets Jessica Pegula, the 8th seed from the USA who has become one of the most reliable WTA players, while three-time finalist Victoria Azarenka is back in good form in New York with a 6-3-6-0 win won over Petra Martic.

Last year’s US Open was all about the rise of teenagers Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez and Kvitova is happy the 30-year-old can assert themselves this time.

“I’m very happy for myself, for Vika (Azarenka) and this age,” said the Czech. “I think it’s good because we’ve been on the tour for so many years and I’m just glad we can still do it and face the younger generation.”

World number one Iga Swiatek received her first test of the tournament from American Lauren Davis but won the last five games and fought back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set to triumph 6-3, 6-4.

Next up is young German Jule Niemeier, who has cemented her place in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon by finishing in the last 16 on her debut in the main draw, defeating Zheng Qinwen 6-4, 7-6 (5).

Azarenka meets former finalist Karolina Pliskova, who celebrated one of her best wins in a difficult season by beating Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 5:7, 6:4, 6:3.

Sixth seeded Aryna Sabalenka, who had to defend herself from a 2:6 5:1 against Kaia Kanepi in the preliminary round, had a much easier time against Clara Burel from France and won 6:0 and 6:2. Petra Kvitova says she was inspired by Serena Williams in the third round win

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