Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/31/14

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Dinara Safina of Russia reacts after a play to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during day six of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova recovered from an embarrassing air swing and a two-game lapse to beat Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 7-6 (2) on Monday for a spot in the Australian Open quarterfinals. The 21-year-old Czech was dominant against Ivanovic until her game momentarily came undone near the end of the second set after she missed a routine overhead at the net to allow the former French Open champion to pull to 4-5. She lost the next eight points to fall behind 6-5 - badly missing on a couple of wild groundstrokes - and only managed to force a tiebreaker with two big serves out wide in the 12th game. Kvitova says it was a ''very tough match to end,'' after she missed her chance to break Ivanovic in the ninth game of the second set.
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