Petra Kvitova
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The former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova returned to the French Open quarter-finals for the first time in eight years on Monday. Seventh seed Kvitova, who missed last year’s tournament due to an arm injury, defeated China’s Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-4 and will next play German veteran Laura Siegemund.

“It’s been really difficult. It was a tough one for sure,” said Kvitova, who will climb back into the top 10 following her performance in Paris. “She served very well and played very aggressive. I’m really happy I managed to win even if I didn’t manage to serve it out at 5-2.” “When the roof is closed it’s like being indoors and I really love to play,” added Kvitova. Its been a long ride definitely. Everything came to my mind, she said.”My whole family, people who I loved to help me through the tough, tough time. Everything came back.”

Earlier, Kvitova spoke about her emotional reaction. Roland Garros was where the two-time Grand Slam champion made her comeback three years ago after she was attacked by a knife-wielding robber in her Czech home and suffered serious injuries to her left hand.

Her next opponent, Laura Siegemund, had never previously been beyond the French Open second round and never beyond the third round at any major tournament. Siegemund, 32, advanced to her first Grand Slam quarter-final in singles after defeating former junior champion Paula Badosa of Spain 7-5, 6-2.

She became the fourth unseeded player to make the last eight this year, joining Iga Swiatek, Nadia Podoroska and Martina Trevisan.

“I didn’t get angry when things weren’t going my way,” said Siegemund, who trailed Badosa 5-3 in the first set. “I think we were both kind of struggling but I think I kept it together better.”