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The Spanish third seed Muguruza had only dropped nine games en route to the fourth round and her poise, pace and power helped her quickly open a 4-1 lead.

The twice Wimbledon champion stayed composed while Muguruza grew increasingly nervous, challenging line calls with no apparent reason as Kvitova moved her left and right with her crafty left hand.

Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion, but her ability to continue to contend for major titles - or even play at all - had been in doubt after a vicious knife attack during a home invasion in December severely damaged her left hand.

Muguruza only needed one chance for a 3-1 lead after a wayward Kvitova sent a forehand volley long.

Muguruza could become world number one for the first time, unless current number one Karolina Pliskova makes the final or fourth seed Elina Svitolina reaches the semi-finals.

Should the pair meet in the semi-finals, the victor will take the top ranking, although Muguruza is still in with a chance of becoming No. 1 for the first time should results go her way.

Meanwhile, USA's Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens also made it into the next round.

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Kvitova will face Venus Williams in the quarters, after the veteran American got past Carla Suarez Navarro. I mean, she has a big serve, big server of course. "I think she played very good".

"I was happy that I managed to win the match". It was her first win over a top-10 player. She owns seven grand slam titles, including two in NY in 2000 and 2001.

Kvitova has won four of her previous five matches against Williams. "To be able to be out there and execute things that I wanted, it was a good feeling".

"What she's gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable", said Williams.

"I like it", she said. Kvitova especially dominated on the forehand, hitting 12 such winners to just two for Muguruza. "To be able to come out here and do what she needs to do, to clear her head, it's such a attractive thing to see".

The Czech claimed the Birmingham title in June but has since struggled to go deep in the tournaments, including her pre-U.S.

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