Two-time finalist Barbora Strycova knew she could fancy her chances against defending Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza having beaten her at Eastbourne a year ago, and she came out swinging for the fences once more.
The Spanish top seed got back into the match by breaking to lead 4-2 in the second set, but lost the next four games.
World number three Muguruza made 29 unforced errors against world number 24 Strycova, who said she needed to play her "best tennis" to win. In her post-match press conference, I asked Strycova what makes this match-up an enjoyable one for her and how does she manage to raise her game each time in this battle.
"We have a lot of time now to prepare (for Wimbledon)".
Strycova beat the top-seeded Spaniard, 6-4, 6-4, in one hour, 26 minutes.
"A few of the games were very tight, especially when you need to break. I think she played well".
The two-time former Wimbledon champion said: "I always feel happiness when I'm playing on the grass". I was very happy that I pulled through somehow."Strycova faces Lesia Tsurenko in the quarter-finals after the Ukranian defeated Daria Kastakina 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 later in the day".
"The conditions were tough in that wind", acknowledged Kvitova, who delivered five double faults herself.
The Czech next faces Julia Gorges or Nottingham Open victor Ashleigh Barty.
"The grass helped me, for sure".
The Czech struggled on her second serve but he lost just seven points behind the first serve and she got broken only once to control the scoreboard all the time. "We hadn't played each other on this surface before". Barbora plays very good on grass.