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Petra Kvitová - Tsvetana Pironkova
Wimbledon women - 28 June 2011

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KVITOVA - GAME, SET & MATCH - 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2 - The 8th seed sends a routine forehand long on the first point of the game but makes amends with her eighth ace of the match. Pironkova fires wide with a backhand and then does the very same thing at 30-15. The ninth ace completes the match and Petra Kvitova will now play either Tamira Paszek or Victoria Azarenka in the semi-final.

 

KVITOVA - BREAK - 6-3 6-7(5) 5-2 - Some very high class points in that entertaining service game. A highlight being when Pironkova manages to find the tightest of angles with a forehand after being forced out past the umpires chair. Another excellent rally on break point is finished when Kvitova slices away from the stretching Bulgarian. The Czech will nopw serve for a place in the semi-finals.

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KVITOVA 6-3 6-7(5) 4-2 - Unbelievable return from Pironkova at 40-0. Kvitova doesn't look like losing a point on her serve but she wouldn't have got to that drop-shot if her racquet was 20 feet long. The Bulgarian skews a forehand into the net on the final point to hand the hold to the 8th seed.

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KVITOVA 6-3 6-7(5) 3-2 - Pironkova stays in the match with a very tidy service hold. The Bulgarian allows Kvitova only one point in the game. Four very accurate and equally powerful serves help her to hold.

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KVITOVA 6-3 6-7(5) 3-1 - The Czech wobbles. She's taken to deuce for the first time of the match. Three successive unforced errors give Pironkova a chance of a break back but a curving serve out wide takes it back to deuce. Much to the annoyance of the Bulgarian, who screams in anger. An ace down the middle sets up a game point which she takes at the first time of asking when the 32nd seed sends a forehand slice wide.

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KVITOVA 6-3 6-7(5) 2-1 - It's a very close game, with both ladies trying to overpower the other from the baseline. Pironkova thinks she's won it at 40-30 but is forced to replay the point when Kvitova's challenge is successful. She does get the hold when the Czech player mis-times a backhand and it lands outside of the tramlines.

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KVITOVA 6-3 6-7(5) 2-0 - Now that is how you want your first service game to go after losing the second set. The 8th seed Czech holds to love, very comfortably. Pironkova sends the ball a long way wide at 40-0 and she looks in trouble already.

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KVITOVA - BREAK - 6-3 6-7(5) 1-0 - Oh dear. That's not how you want your first service game of the deciding set to go. Pironkova should be the one on top after winning the second set but she loses her service game to 30, sending a backhand long on break point.

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KVITOVA - SET - 6-3 6-7(5) - Pironkova wins the first two points after the change of ends to draw level at 4-4 but can only find the net on the following point after being forced wide. Pironkova then takes charge, making her Czech opponent run all over the court. The Bulgarian takes the second set when Kvitova send an inside-in forehand wide.

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KVITOVA 6-3 6-6(4-2) - The two players swap mini-breaks of serve on the first two points of the breaker. The Czech 8th seed then takes the advantage, going 4-1 up. Pironkova's exquisite lob gets her back to 4-2 at the change of ends.

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KVITOVA 6-3 6-6 - Gutsy. Very gutsy indeed. Pironkova is holding nothing back. The 23-year old is going for the lines and is making them. Up 40-15, Kvitova forces her to hit the net but can do nothing about the following point when the Czech is forced into an error herself. Tie-break!!

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KVITOVA 6-3 6-5 - Again she forces her opponent to serve to stay in the match. The Czech holds to 15 with a change of plan. The 8th seed approaches the net on the majority of the points and volleys competently to get within one game of advancing to the semi-finals.

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KVITOVA 6-3 5-5 - It looks like the 32nd seed could be in trouble as she loses the first point of her serve but takes the next three points courtesy of a forehand winner, a forehand pass and a Kvitova unforced error. The 8th seed goes long again and the Bulgarian's still in this game.

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KVITOVA 6-3 5-4 - Two double faults in two games. Her coach is not happy. Especially as the Czech was 30-0 up in this game. He's back up on his feet just moments later though, as a forehand winner followed by a Pironkova unforced error give his player the hold. The Bulgarian must now serve to stay in the match.

 

KVITOVA - BREAK - 6-3 4-4 - Uh oh!! That's not what she wanted. Pironkova's second serve at 15-30 is simply not good enough. Kvitova takes control from the off and wrong-foots the Bulgarian with a forehand to set up two break points. The 32nd seed saves the first one with a cross-court backhand but can't do anything to stop the Kvitova backhand on the following point. We're back on serve.

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KVITOVA 6-3 3-4 - That's more like it from the 8th seed. She serves up three big juicy ones that Pironkova fails to return. The Bulgarian stands on the spot in frustration at not being able to get anywhere near them. A one-two punch on game point ensures the hold for the 21-year old.

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KVITOVA 6-3 2-4 - Pironkova speeds her way to 30-0 courtesy of some pinpoint serving. The Czech 8th seed then draws back level with a smash at the net that nearly takes the Bulgarian's head off. A shanked forehand from Pironkova follows. The 32nd seed does go on to consolidate the break though, with a smart leave at the net than lands just long.

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KVITOVA - BREAK - 6-3 2-3 - Kvitova gives her opponent the one-two punch to take a 15-0 lead but makes two errors on the forehand to hand Pironkova a sniff of a break. It looks like the chance is snuffed out though when Kvitova gets a lucky net cord. However, the Czech misses a simple put-away at the net and then pulls a forehand into the net on break point. Pironkova just now needs to hold her next few service games and we'll be going all the way.

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KVITOVA 6-3 2-2 - Pironkova keeps pace with her Czech opponent during the first two point of her service game as she forces Kvitova into two errors. The Bulgarian then allows the 8th seed back into the game with two successive forehands that fly long. A big serve sets up a game point though, and Kvitova can only find the net on the following point to hand the hold to Pironkova.

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KVITOVA 6-3 2-1: A venomous return winner from Pironkova and a double fault from Kvitova put the Czech under pressure on her own serve at 30-30, but an ace and another brutal power serve sets up a simple winning volley at the net.

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KVITOVA 6-3 1-1: A crushing forehand winner down the right gives Kvitova another break point, but Pironkova pulls out two good serves to leap first to deuce and then to advantage. A rare mistake from Kvitova sees her net her return while trying to bury a second serve, and Pironkova holds for just the third time in the match.

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KVITOVA 6-3 1-0: The Czech holds serve with ease in the opening game of the second set, and she is in total control of this match at the moment.

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KVITOVA 6-3: BREAK AND SET! Just when Pironkova looked back into the swing of it she starts missing shots all over the place, giving up three break points - and Kvitova is merciless in taking her chance straight away. Another kitten-weak second serve is met with a ferocious return winner, and the Czech has whizzed through this first set in just half an hour.

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KVITOVA 5-3: BREAK! What's this? Just when you think it's all over Pironkova steps up with two blistering returns that help force two break points - and then Kvitova's eye of the tiger fails her as she goes long with a regulation forehand. Is there life in this first set yet?

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Kvitova steps up to serve for the first set.

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...and Sharapova has done it! An easy win for the Russian.

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Over on Centre Court, Maria Sharapova is at match point...

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KVITOVA 5-2: Pironkova finally seems to be getting into it with two nice serves to get to 30-0, but Kvitova simply overpowers her opponent with huge backhands pushing Pironkova wider and wider to set up easy winners for the next two points. Yet another fine serve followed by Kvtiova's missed smash see the Bulgarian win her second game of the match.

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KVITOVA 5-1: The eighth seed breezes through her third service game without losing a point, and at this rate she'll have booked her place in the semi-finals for the second successive year before you can say Robinsons Barley Water.

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Pironkova is in bits so far today, devoid of rhythm; Kvitova has been flawless so far, however, and pressing her advantage home ruthlessly.

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KVITOVA 4-1: DOUBLE BREAK! Two unforced errors and a double fault from Pironkova speed her opponent to break point, and though the Bulgarian pulls out a big serve to get back into the game Kvitova finishes off as Pironkova again hits long under no pressure at all.

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KVITOVA 3-1: A terrific smash to go 40-15 has the Czech eighth seed pumping her fists and pulling a face full of determination, then two points later she wraps up the game with an extra-wide serve that leads to the simplest of volley winners.

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KVITOVA 2-1: Pironkova digs in to hold serve, charging the net and playing a beautiful winner at advantage to save her serve. She'll need a few more like that to build her confidence; semi-finalist last year she might have been, but she looks out of her depth early on.

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A woeful second serve from Pironkova puts Kvitova on the front foot first at 15-15 then at 40-30 as she forces deuce; Pironkova still looks nervy out there today.

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KVITOVA 2-0: Kvitova holds serve easily, her big serving keeping Pironkova on the back foot throughout, with the Bulgarian looking all over the place as she mishit a forehand wide to lose that game to 15.

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KVITOVA 1-0: BREAK! A great start by the Czech as she breaks the Bulgarian in the opening game of the match. Nervy stuff from the dark-haired crowd favourite.

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PIRONKOVA 0-0: The players have finished knocking up, and Pironkova will serve first.

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Good news all round: the skies are clearing - at least for now - and Pironkova and Kvitova are heading out onto court number one.

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Due to the torrential rain at Wimbledon, join this match with us later on - probably on Centre Court. But for the meantime, get yourselves over to our live commentary of the first match on Centre -

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I've just been infomed that there will be no play before 2pm on any other courts other than Centre.

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It's raining cats and dogs over SW19. The covers are on all courts but thankfully, the roof is now closed over Centre Court. We will get some tennis and up first on Centre are unseeded German Sabine Lisicki against the 9th seed Marion Bartoli.

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Today is the first time since 1913 at Wimbledon that all eight quarter-finalists are European. There will also be a first-time finalist from the bottom half of the draw and four of the quarter-finalists are coached by their fathers - Lisicki, Bartoli, Paszek and Pironkova. Knowledge is power!

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After yesterdays shock defeats to World Number One Caroline Wozniacki and the Williams sisters, who is now favourite to win the title? Read Tramlines' thoughts on who looks the strongest.

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Good afternoon and welcome to day 8 of the Wimbledon Championships. Up today are the Women's quarter-finals. The highest seed left in the tournament is fourth seed Victoria Azarenka who faces unseeded Tamira Paszek. 5th seed and former Champion Maria Sharapova faces Dominika Cibulkova. Also up are Marion Bartoli and Sabine Lisicki as well as Petra Kvitova and Tsvetana Pironkova.