Live Commentary: Petra Kvitova vs. Kirsten Flipkens - as it happened

Live Commentary: Kvitova vs. Flipkens - as it happened
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Read how unheralded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens knocked out the only remaining Wimbledon champion in the women's draw - Petra Kvitova - this evening.

Heading into today's quarter-final, Petra Kvitova was the only former Wimbledon champion left in the women's draw at SW19.

We now know that there will be a brand new name on the Venus Rosewater Dish after Kirsten Flipkens sent 2011 champion Kvitova home in three sets.

Read how it all unfolded under the roof on Centre Court in our game-by-game updates below.


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4.47pmGood afternoon! It's been a slow day at SW19 so far but, with the roof on Centre Court, things are set to heat up as Kvitova and Flipkens meet.

4.49pmAs mentioned above, Kvitova is the only women's Wimbledon winner left in the draw. Who would have thought that when the tournament started a little over a week ago?!

4.51pmH2H: These two have met twice before and they're at one win apiece. The last meeting earlier this year in Miami was won by Flipkens, who is slight underdog today.

4.51pmChair umpire Juan Zhang says that Flipkens won the toss and chose to serve. Here we go...

4.52pmFirst point to Flipkens as Kvitova hits long but then the Belgian double faults and there's clearly a bit of nerves from the 20th seed.

Kvitova *0-1 FlipkensFlipkens recovers from that double to hold to 30. Now over to Kvitova to get on the board.

Kvitova 1-1* FlipkensShe manages to do so, also holding to 30. Flipkens produced a sublime forehand pass in the middle of the game but couldn't earn a break point.

Kvitova *1-2 FlipkensWow, what a shot to hold serve from Flipkens! At 40-15 Kvitova bullets a crosscourt backhand that pulls the Belgian wide but she hits a clean winner over the highest part of the net off the forehand. Superb!

5.01pmUPDATE: Play is still yet to resume on the outside courts because of rain and @Wimbledon have just released another update on Twitter: "Rain expected to continue at #Wimbledon for another half an hour. Once it stops the courts will be inspected & the covers will come off."

5.04pmWe're at deuce for the first time in the match as Kvitova approaches the net with a backhand but hits it a little too flat and it goes long.

5.07pmKvitova has now spurned three chances to close out this game as Flipkens hangs on and looks to open up break point.

Kvitova 2-2* FlipkensShe can't though and Kvitova keeps her serve at the fifth time of asking by putting away a short backhand.

5.10pmFlipkens opens the fifth game well to move 30-0 ahead but Kvitova reminds the Belgian of her power with a ferocious backhand down the line.

5.11pmThat winner does little to scare the lower-ranked woman who decides to serve-and-volley at 40-15 but she's passed by a looping Kvitova forehand.

5.12pmTwo return winners in a row from the Czech and she's now got BREAK POINT...

Kvitova *3-2 FlipkensBREAK! The eighth seed latches onto a second serve and blasts it right back at the feet of Flipkens who can do very little to send it back over.

Kvitova 3-3* FlipkensBREAK BACK! Flipkens isn't being overawed here and she breaks back instantly with a phenomenal return of her own, running around her backhand and lashing a forehand onto the baseline at 30-40.

Kvitova *4-3 FlipkensBREAK! It's three breaks in a row as Kvitova goes on the offensive and Flipkens can't handle the pace. The Czech finishes off the game with a big groundstroke and simple volley into an open court.

Kvitova 5-3* FlipkensKvitova holds serve to make sure that it isn't four breaks in a row on Centre. The 2011 champion is now a game away from the first set.

Kvitova *5-4 FlipkensTwo unreturnable serves from Flipkens see her hold for the first time in three attempts. It's now up to Kvitova to serve out the set.

5.26pmIt's Kvitova's winners that have put her ahead in this first set. She has 17 to Flipkens's six. The Belgian has made far fewer unforced errors though, just one to Kvitova's eight.

5.29pmFlipkens's return at 15-30 dips just over the net and Kvitova is off-balance in getting to the ball and shoots it out. TWO BREAK-BACK POINTS for the Belgian...

5.30pmThey're both gone! First Flipkens hit a return into the net before dragging a forehand wide. Deuce it is.

5.30pmNow SET POINT Kvitova as Flipkens fails to get the Czech's down-the-T serve back in play...

5.31pmKvitova sets up the point well but swipes a forehand long with Flipkens on the run.

5.33pmAnother chance to grab the set for Kvitova but she DOUBLE FAULTS for the first time in the match.

5.35pmKvitova has just saved two break-back points for Flipkens and we're back at deuce once more.

Kvitova 6-4 0-0* FlipkensSET! The Czech takes the set on the third opportunity after five deuces in a tense tenth game. Three-quarters of an hour it took.

5.38pmFlipkens shouldn't feel too downhearted. She played some great shots there and only made one unforced error to Kvitova's 13! The Belgian just needs to look more assured on serve. She'll open this set as the covers on the outside courts are removed.

Kvitova 6-4 *0-1 FlipkensA solid start to the set for the Belgian as she holds to 15.

Kvitova 6-4 1-1* FlipkensFlipkens pushes Kvitova close in that service game but can't earn a break point and we remain level in the second.

Kvitova 6-4 *1-2 FlipkensA dominant hold from the Belgian and, as I instructed her to, Flipkens is looking much better on serve in this set. Good girl.

Kvitova 6-4 2-2* Flipkens'Anything you can do, I can do better,' says Kvitova as she holds to love, moving past 25 winners in the match in the process.

5.52pmWinner number 27 for Kvitova as Flipkens's serve at 15-0 bounces right into the Czech's hitting zone and she blasts a return down the line off the forehand.

5.53pmFlipkens challenges an out call on her serve at 40-15 and can't believe it when HawkEye shows that it went a millimetre out. She's clearly ruffled and double faults straight away.

Kvitova 6-4 *2-3 FlipkensIt ends up not mattering as Kvitova hits long on the next point so we're still on serve.

5.56pmFlashing return winner from Flipkens and she's looking dangerous at 0-30 on the Kvitova serve.

5.58pmBREAK POINT Flipkens as she executes a good drop shot and then lobs the completely out-of-position Kvitova who just got there. 30-40...

Kvitova 6-4 2-4* FlipkensBREAK! Kvitova dumps a backhand way below the tap on the net and Flipkens has clear daylight in the second set.

Kvitova 6-4 *2-5 FlipkensAn easy hold for Flipkens and Kvitova doesn't look in a good way. She's called for the trainer and more importantly the doctor.

6.05pmKvitova's temparature is checked by and the medical staff seem happy for her to continue. She'll hope to hold serve now and force Flipkens to serve out the set.

6.07pmSET POINT Flipkens as she slices to the net and Kvitova's lob is just long.

6.08pmSaved by Kvitova thanks to a booming serve up the T.

Kvitova 6-4 3-5* FlipkensTwo more points for the Czech and it's over to Flipkens to level up the match.

6.10pmGreat hitting from the Belgian and she has THREE SET POINTS...

Kvitova 6-4 3-6 *0-0 FlipkensSET! Kvitova shows that she still has gas in the tank by saving the first well but a Flipkens ACE on the second seals the set.

6.14pmDespite calling for the doctor and losing that set, Kvitova is still the in-play favourite with bookies across the Internet. There's no reason Flipkens can't go on and win this though.

6.18pmWe have another delay in play as Kvitova goes off court to maybe splash some water on her face to wake up a little.

6.19pmThe decider is now underway though with Kvitova serving first.

Kvitova 6-4 3-6 1-0* FlipkensKvitova eases to 40-0 before nudging a forehand just past the corner and then horribly missing a smash. She doesn't allow Flipkens back to deuce though by winning the next point to hold serve.

Kvitova 6-4 3-6 *1-1 FlipkensNo sign of nerves from Flipkens as she produces a confident service game to level up the decider.

Kvitova 6-4 3-6 2-1* FlipkensKvitova matches her opponent in holding to 15 and this match is ever so delicately poised.

Kvitova 6-4 3-6 *2-2 FlipkensFlipkens saves the first break point of the final set at 30-40 before holding serve after a second deuce. Big moment that for the Belgian.

Kvitova 6-4 3-6 3-2* FlipkensKvitova did look quite ill towards the end of the second set but she's performing much better in the third. Another hold to 15 to remain just ahead in the decider.

6.38pmAt 15-15 Flipkens produces a near-perfect squash shot on the run and Kvitova can't get low enough to curve the ball up and back in to the court.

Kvitova 6-4 3-6 *3-3 FlipkensThe next two points are the Belgian's as well and she continues to impress behind her own serve under immense pressure on Centre.

6.41pmFlipkens has only hit FIVE unforced errors all game. That's mightily impressive when you consider that Kvitova has done five times more than that.

6.42pmThe Czech has hit double the winners of her opponent though.

Kvitova 6-4 3-6 4-3* FlipkensA love hold for Petra that included a beautiful drop shot and they go back to the chairs still on serve as we approach two hours of playing time under the roof.

Kvitova 6-4 3-6 *4-4 FlipkensKvitova pulls it back to 30-30 but then Flipkens finds two mighty serves to hold on. Impressive from the 20th seed.

6.49pmUPDATE: It's all over on No. 1 Court as Marion Bartoli ends young American Sloane Stephens's run at the Championships. The Frenchwoman will play the winner of this match in the last four.

6.50pmBack to Centre quickly and it's advantage Flipkens and BREAK POINT for the Belgian...

Kvitova 6-4 3-6 4-5* FlipkensBREAK! Kvitova hits a good backhand to the corner and Flipkens can only prod it back in the direction of the Czech at the net. You'd expect the 2011 champion to blast away the drive-volley but her backhand flies long! Unbelievable stuff and Flipkens will now serve for a place in the semis.

6.53pmRemember, before this year Flipkens had never got past the third round of a Grand Slam before. She reached round four at the Aussie Open earlier this year and now has the chance to make it to the Wimbledon semi-finals.

6.54pmAn extended rally to start the game and it's Kvitova who buckles by hitting out. 15-0.

6.54pmKvitova's shot is called in on the next but Flipkens challenges and it was out! 30-0.

6.55pmACE! 40-0 and THREE MATCH POINTS...

Kvitova 6-4 3-6 4-6 FlipkensGAME, SET AND MATCH FLIPKENS!

6.57pmDrama right until the end! Kvitova saves the first two match points with a pair of brutal crosscourt backhands, but then Flipkens finds an ace out-wide at 40-30. Kvitova stands still and challenges the call but there was a puff of paint and HawkEye confirms that it was right in the corner of the service box.

6.59pmThe crowd applaud both women as they head off court. They've been treated to a gripping day of women's tennis that's lasted much longer than expected. Both quarter-finals went to three sets and you can relive it all on our hub of SW19 reports and reaction.

7.03pmThe women's semi-final lineup is complete then and here it is:


Lisicki vs. Radwanska
Bartoli vs. Flipkens

7.05pmThat's all we've got time for on SM today. Thanks for joining us. We'll be back tomorrow at 12.30pm for men's quarter-final day. See you then.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic reacts after winning her match against Coco Vandeweghe of the United States during their Women's first round singles match on June 24, 2013
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