Calling Roland Garros her "lucky place," Kvitova rolls into semifinals

Calling Roland Garros her "lucky place," Kvitova rolls into semifinals

The No. 7 seed dismissed Laura Siegemund, 6-3, 6-3, to match her best career-run in Paris from 2012.

On Wednesday, Petra Kvitova continued her dominant fortnight at Roland Garros with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Laura Siegemund to book her place in the semifinals. The No. 7 seed has yet to drop a set. 

"It means a lot to me definitely," Kvitova said. "In my last mach I got a little bit emotional when I won to be in the quarterfinals. Now in the semifinals on this beautiful Philippe-Chatrier; I couldn’t imagine myself to be in the semifinals after everything.

"I’m really happy for that. Right now it’s my lucky place."

While emotions crept in during her round prior against Zhang Shuai, Kvitova was all business against Siegemund. She took the reins of the match early, producing 16 winners to just 5 unforced errors in Set 1, along with six aces. Siegemund wasn’t able to ruffle her feathers with her variety of spins and slices, though she certainly didn’t go away.

A little bit of drama came at deuce, 2-2 in the second set when Siegemund was called for a time violation just as she started her toss. The shot clock stopped ticking at the racquet-head lift, and Siegemund made her displeasure known. She dropped the next two points and called for a medical timeout for her back (in her service game she did stretch very subtly a few times).

While Kvitova's second set was nowhere near as flawless as her first, she maintained pressure on the German by coming to the net more. Her serve went from six aces to four double faults, and her winner/unforced error ratio plummeted to  eight winners and 10 errors. Still, the very best find ways to win when their game isn't perfect.

A Seigemund double fault would give Kvitova her first Roland Garros semifinal appearance since 2012.

"Well, I'm pretty proud of everything I did today," Kvitova said. "Since I wake up today I felt pretty nervous. Going to the match I knew it will be big fight about every point. She's very tricky opponent, she has lots of variety in her game, and I knew it will be very tough."

Roland Garros is a memorable place for the 30-year-old despite not being her best Grand Slam. The two-time Wimbledon champion made her comeback in Paris in 2017 after a home invasion at the end of 2016 that left her left hand severely injury. She’d fall in the second round that year, but the occasion was about a lot more than winning matches.

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Though far from calling clay her favorite surface, she has won plenty of big matches and titles on dirt, including three in Madrid. Five of her 27 career title have come on clay. Despite her saying, “I think I wasn't really the player who always ever succeed on the clay," she's two wins away from the Roland Garros trophy.

She's not thinking about that just yet. 

"It's really few matches to go," she said before her quarterfinal. "I'm just here to play my next match. I will see what will happen afterwards."

While unseeded players have been the story of the tournament, Kvitova, at No. 7, is the second-highest seed remaining behind No. 4 seed Sofia Kenin. Kvitova now awaits the winner of Kenin and unseeded Danielle Collins.