Petra Kvitova downs Danielle Collins to reach first Australian Open final

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic was happy for the roof to be closed at a scorching Rod Laver Arena

KIN CHEUNG APPetra Kvitova of the Czech Republic was happy for the roof to be closed at a scorching Rod Laver Arena

Accustomed to Floridian heat, she would have been happy to keep playing under the hot sun and felt the match was affected by the closed roof.

The tenth day in Melbourne and, once again, the Australian Open 2019 give us a big surprise.

And ahead of her Australian Open final match with Naomi Osaka in Melbourne on Saturday, Kvitova opened up on the mental issues she has had to cope with following the attack three years ago.

Pliskova admitted her remarkable comeback against Serena Williams on Wednesday may have taken its toll, saying: "It's not only that the match yesterday was tough, but also it was emotionally tough, too". I found out later that my doctor wasn't really happy with my hand during the second month because the scars were very, very tight and hard, and I couldn't really do anything with that. "She just played unbelievable".

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If she wins, Osaka will also become the first woman not named Williams to win two straight Slam titles since Kim Clijsters won back-to-back majors at the 2010 US Open and 2011 Australian Open, and become the first Japanese player to reach No. 1.

"I think there is a lot to learn off of what she does on the court. Somehow I made it". Although she won on 81 percent of her first serves, only 43 percent of her second serves got her games. The victor will rise to the top of the WTA rankings for the first time; Osaka is now No. 4, Kvitova is No. 6. "I like to play indoors".

Back at her best during what she calls her "second career", Kvitova surged to a 7-6 (2), 6-0 victory against 35th-ranked American Danielle Collins after Rod Laver Arena's retractable roof was closed as the temperature soared toward 105 degrees (40 Celsius). I knew I'm going to have my chances.

Pliskova was the bookies' favourite for the title after her effort against Williams but made a slow start, hitting only four winners to Osaka's 16 in the first set. When Pliskova netted a return of an 83 miles per hour (133 kph) second serve to make it 1-all, Osaka tugged at the brim of her pink visor and let out a big exhale.

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Osaka continued to blaze away under the roof, striking winners seemingly at will and eliciting both gasps and appreciative applause from the crowd.

Will Kvitová successfully mark her comeback in the game by winning today's match or will Collins pick yet another win to reach a Grad Slam final for the first time?

It was Osaka's turn to dig deep in the eighth game, as she saved a break point before levelling up at 4-4, but two games later Pliskova broke her to love to send the match to a decider.

In the blink of an eye the second set was over as Kvitova dished out a bagel to end the match with 94 minutes on the clock.

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