The third seed Paula Badosa battled back to defeat Petra Kvitova, a two-time former Wimbledon champion, 7-5, 7-6(4).
The Spaniard, who reached the same stage at the grasscourt Grand Slam in 2021, will next face Romanian Simona Halep, the final remaining former Wimbledon champion in the women’s bracket, for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Petra is a champion, and for me, playing Petra on grass is one of the hardest challenges there is. “You have no idea how happy I am after this victory. It was already a delight to play against her today. It’s unbelievable to me.” When I first arrived in this country in 2014 to play junior tennis, Petra’s Wimbledon victory was one of the first matches I saw on Centre Court. So you can imagine how special it is for me to play against a legend like her on Centre Court for the first time. She has served as an inspiration for me professionally.”
With a victory over Halep, Badosa would match her best Grand Slam showing from 2021, when she advanced to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.
Badosa entered the match on Saturday having lost her lone prior encounter with 25th seed Kvitova and going winless in all of her previous six encounters on grasscourts.