Wimbledon 2012: Petra Kvitova relishing Serena Williams test

Petra Kvitova is looking forward to her quarter-final clash with Serena Williams after beating 24th seed Francesca Schiavone

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Petra Kvitova won her maiden Wimbledon title in 2011 Photo: Marianne Bevis

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Petra Kvitova is relishing the challenge of facing four-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in the quarter-finals at SW19 after coming from a set down to beat Francesca Schiavone.

Kvitova, who won her only Grand Slam at the All England Club last year, was on the brink of a premature exit after losing the opening set and going a break down in the second – but the fourth seed steadied herself to complete a 4-6 7-5 6-1 victory.

The 22-year-old will now face Williams on Tuesday, and despite the 13-time Grand Slam champion inflicting successive defeats on Kvitova in their two previous meetings – the world No4 is excited about taking on the American sixth seed.

“It will be huge match for both of us, and I’m looking forward to playing against her,” said Kvitova.

“I’m looking forward to having a challenge. She is a great champion. She won many times here. We will see. I will try my best.

“She’s playing still very well, but not as well as in the Australian Open in 2010 [when Kvitova lost 6-2 6-1 to Williams]. I think that she won the Grand Slam after.

“It will be a really different match to compared to two years ago.”

Kvitova, who won the WTA World Tour Championship last year, said she was unsurprised by Maria Sharapova’s loss to Sabine Lisicki in round four, with the Czech No1 paying testament to the German’s game.

“I don’t think Maria played very well in this tournament from the start,” Kvitova added.

“I read that she admitted it and that she needs to improve her game. Lisicki has a big serve, and it’s tough to return and break her. I’m not really surprised about the score, but I thought it could be three sets.”

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