Daniela Hantuchova delighted with last-eight return

Daniela Hantuchova
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Daniela Hantuchova says that "it means a lot" to finally return to the quarter-finals of the US Open.

World number 48 Daniela Hantuchova has expressed her joy at advancing to the quarter-finals of the US Open for the first time in 11 years.

The Slovakian progressed from the third stage of the tournament with a 6-3 5-7 6-2 success against American wildcard Alison Riske at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

The 30-year-old is delighted that all her hard work has paid off at the Grand Slam.

"It means a lot to me to be in another quarter-final in New York," Hantuchova said in a press conference.

"In every match, I give my heart. Maybe the tennis isn't always the best but I know I am trying my hardest every point."

Hantuchova will face either Victoria Azarenka or Ana Ivanovic in the next round.

Belarus tennis player Victoria Azarenka celebrates winning against Germany's Dinah Pfizenmaier during their 2013 US Open women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 27, 2013
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