Garbine Muguruza

Petra Kvitova's incredible U.S. Open journey takes her to Venus — and beyond?

Petra Kvitova's incredible U.S. Open journey takes her to Venus — and beyond?

Comebacks were the common thread woven through the round-of-16 matches played by Maria Sharapova, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova on Sunday at the U.S. Open. The other match was about Venus Williams coming back to the happily familiar place where she was a surprise runner-up as a gangly 17-year-old in 1997 and has won two of her Grand Slam championships, the place where she did a twirl on the court Sunday to celebrate that her 75th victory in U.S. Open play had kept her in contention for another title in her 19th appearance here.

“This was my best match, so I was happy to see my level rise as the tournament is continuing because I know my opponents are going to be better; I need...

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