Czech-mate in bottom half of Wimbledon draw

It has become a case of Czech-mate in the bottom half of the women's draw at Wimbledon.

Tonight's semi-final between 2011 winner Petra Kvitova and countryman Lucie Safarova will be the first time two Czech players have made the semi-finals at a Grand Slam since the French Open in 1986.

And Kvitova earned her place in the match by downing another Czech, unseeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-1 7-5 in yesterday's quarter-finals.

Persistent rain earlier in the tournament meant the top half of the women's draw fell behind schedule.

Eugenie Bouchard was due to meet Angelique Kerber and No.3 seed Simona Halep was up against last year's runner-up Sabine Lisicki in the remaining quarter-finals overnight.

Kerber produced the biggest upset of the fourth round, knocking out French Open winner Maria Sharapova 7-6 4-6 6-4.