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Williams hopped in joy with both feet in the air after hitting a big forehand that forced an error by Shvedova on the first match point, ending a hard-hitting contest that lasted nearly two hours.
“I didn’t want to lose today and I thought, `Just stay relaxed,’” Williams said. “I knew the whole match I could play better.”
Williams will next face Kvitova, who rallied from a set and a break down to beat former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in an error-strewn match on Court 3. It was the second straight tough three-setter for Williams, who won 9-7 in the third to beat Zheng Jie in the third round.
“I feel fine,” she said. “I’m not tired. I’m not anything. I feel good. I feel like bottom line I can play so much better than what I have been playing. … You know me. I’m never satisfied.”
The match ended in a slight drizzle, with play suspended on some of the other courts. Shvedova removed her glasses in the final two games to keep the lenses from getting wet.
“I think we both wanted to keep playing because it was so deep into the match,” Williams said. “I didn’t want to stop.
Williams finished with 35 winners, including 12 aces, and 13 errors. Shvedova had 24 winners and 20 errors.
The first player to reach the quarters was 37th-ranked Austrian Tamira Paszek, who beat Italy’s Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-2 to reach the final eight for the second straight year.
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