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Wimbledon 2011: Petra Kvitova advances to semifinals again

Petra Kvitova is back in the semis (STEFAN WERMUTH / REUTERS)

Petra Kvitova lost her concentration in the second set against Tsvetana Pironkova — and nearly lost her quarterfinal Wimbledon match.

She regained her bearings in time, though, to win 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 and reach the semifinals of the tournament for the second straight year.

Kvitova, the eighth seed from the Czech Republic, dropped the second set when she squandered a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak.

“I am so happy to be in the semifinal,” Kvitova said. “I made some mistakes in the second set and was a bit down mentally.”

“It’s great to be back in the semifinal and now I have more experience of the Centre Court.”

Kvitova, a 21-year-old lefthander, will play Victoria Azarenka, who beat Tamira Paszek, for a place in the final. That match was played with the Centre Court roof closed because of rain. The roof has been closed 12 times so far this year; it was closed only three times the last two years.

Maria Sharapova will play Sabine Lisicki in the other semifinal Thursday.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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