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Serena Williams beats defending champion Petra Kvitova

posted 3 Jul 2012, 09:12 by Mpelembe   [ updated 3 Jul 2012, 09:13 ]

LONDON, UK (JULY 3, 2012) (AELTC) - 
Petra Kvitova's hopes of defending her Wimbledon title were shot to pieces by Serena Williams
as she ousted the defending champion 6-3 7-5 in their quarter-final on Tuesday (July 3).

The quality of tennis on Centre Court could have graced a final as both players tore into each other with rasping

serves and ferocious groundstrokes, but it was the greater power and fight of the four-times winner that won


She broke in the sixth game of the first set when Kvitova sent a crosscourt forehand wide and then closed

it out when the Czech sent a backhand return long.

Williams saved break point in the 10th game of the second and then made her opponent pay, breaking the

very next game before serving it out to set up a semi-final against either Belarus's Victoria Azarenka or

Austria's Tamira Paszek.