The Czech Petra Kvitova (WTA 6) and Japan’s Naomi Osaka (WTA 4) play Saturday for the overall title at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Both, they are not yet on the roll of honour of the first grand slam of the year. Nice extra: the winner is the new number 1 in the world.
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Kvitova continued Thursday in the semi-finals Danielle Collins (WTA 35) to the side with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-0. For the 25-year-old American came to an end on a clever trail which they, inter alia, the German top seeds Angelique Kerber (WTA 2) and Julia Görges (WTA 13) had turned off. Up for this Australian Open had Collins never seen the second round of a grand slam achieved. In Melbourne she made this year its debut on the main table.
Kvitova: “This means everything to me”
Petra Kvitova had 1 hour and 34 minutes are required to get Collins out of the tournament over. The 28-year-old Czech came through to her first final in Melbourne. Her best result so far in Australia was a semi-final in 2012.
“This means everything to me”, responded Kvitova with emotion after her victory against Collins. The Czech was by the end of 2016 in her house attacked by a burglar, that her wounded with a knife. The Czech had surgery on the left hand necessary, and was five months outside of battle. “This is why I have worked hard,” she said. “I want to be in finals of tournaments, the final of a grandslam play. I am really very happy.”
Kvitova has two grandslams behind her name. In 2011 and 2014, she won Wimbledon.
Osaka: “I had to me again”
The opponent for Kvitova in the final, the Japanese Osaka. The winner of the US Open in september 2018 knocked in the second semi-final the Czech Karolina Pliskova (WTA 8) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 after 1 hour and 53 minutes.
Osaka got the victory against Pliskova far gift. “But I had still expected a strong fight,” she said afterwards. “We played many times against each other and they beat me several times. At the beginning of the third set, pumped myself in that I had to again and my very best to do. Eventually, I picked up the victory.”
Who is the new number 1?
The final will be the first mutual duel between the 21-year-old Osaka and the 28-year-old Kvitova. The winner will follow on the roll of honour the Danish Caroline Wozniacki. Who was killed this year in the third round against Maria Sharapova.
The laureate may, from Monday, also the new world number 1 call in follow-up of Simona Halep. The Romanian was last year’s finalist in Melbourne but went there this time in the eighth finals against Serena Williams. Who lost, in her turn, in the quarterfinals of Pliskova and handle so in addition to a 24th (record)grand slam.