Time:2016-09-28Release:WUHAN OPEN

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won the match of the 2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open so far to knock out World No.1 Angelique Kerber in an epic 67(10) 75 64 encounter lasting three hours and 19 minutes.

“I do feel great. I won after playing a long time. I feel happy. But as well I feel tired, and the tournament is still going, so I don't feel that satisfied,” said Kvitova, who won the Wuhan Open title in 2014 in the tournament’s first year.  “I think it was a great match from both of us. I really gave everything today. I think same as her. I think it was really about the few points. It was a great battle. So hopefully the fans enjoyed it as well. I did, for sure.”

“We are always playing tough matches and close ones. Today was a really special, special one, because we played like over three hours,” said Kerber. “We played on a really high level the whole three hours. At the end I think there's no loser. I did everything today. I was fighting until the end.”

Kvitova’s hard-fought victory set up a quarter-final clash with Johanna Konta on what will be a busy Thursday at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center in Wuhan.

As well as scheduled quarter-finals, Thursday will also see some players play twice after two third round matches were held over by rain on Wednesday. Barbora Strycova takes on Jelena Jankovic and Karolina Pliskova plays Dominika Cibulkova in the day session, with the winners to play each other in the quarter-finals later in the evening.

In Thursday’s other quarter-finals, Madison Keys takes on Simona Halep and Svetlana Kuznetsova takes on Agnieskza Radwanska. Kuznetsova knocked out defending Wuhan Open champion Venus Williams and Radwanska brought Caroline Wozniacki’s winning run to an end, gaining revenge for her loss to the Dane earlier this week in the semi-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Tokyo Open.

The Wuhan Open's 15,000-seater stadium is equipped with a retractable roof, which was used on Wednesday to ensure play continued on center court despite the wet weather.

Women’s Singles - Third Round
[14] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [1] A. Kerber (GER) 67(10) 75 64
[3] A. Radwanska (POL) d C. Wozniacki (DEN) 64 62
[4] S. Halep (ROU) d Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 63 63
[9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [6] V. Williams (USA) 62 62
[11] J. Konta (GBR) d [7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 75 76(6)
[8] M. Keys (USA) d [Q] D. Kasatkina (RUS) 61 46 64

CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
B. Strycova (CZE) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[4] S. Halep (ROU) vs [8] M. Keys (USA)
[9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [3] A. Radwanska (POL)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[14] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs [11] J. Konta (GBR)
[5] K. Pliskova (CZE) or [10] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs B. Strycova (CZE) or J. Jankovic (SRB)

COURT 1 start 11:30 am
[5] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [10] D. Cibulkova (SVK) 00

Not Before 12:00 noon
[WC] X. Han (CHN) / L. Zhu (CHN) vs [5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)
[1] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs C. Mchale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN)
[4] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) or A. Krunic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [WC] X. Han (CHN) / L. Zhu (CHN) or [5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)
[1] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) or C. Mchale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE) or [7] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
[4] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs A. Krunic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE)
A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) 63 43

Not Before 3:00 pm
R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) or [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)
TBA - [6] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) or [WC] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE)

COURT 4 start 1:00 pm
K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE) vs [7] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) 64 22

Not Before 5:00 pm
after suitable rest - [6] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs [WC] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

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