Petra Kvitova presented with its eleventh victory in the series, but Naomi Osaka prevented impact strong a Czech final: The US Open champion turned in the semi-finals of Melbourne with your 15. ACE your first match ball against Kvitovas country woman Karolina Pliskova of the 6:2, 4:6, 6:4. Four months after the Triumph in New York, the 21-year-old Japanese girl at the Australian Open, is playing her second Grand Slam title.
in her way, the two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova (28), who finished in 1:34 hours the triumph of the American Danielle Collins on Saturday (9.30 PM CET in the case of Eurosport). Kvitova won 7:6 (7:2), 6:0, in the second set she dropped her opponent, who had previously thrown Angelique Kerber (Kiel), and Julia Görges (Bad Oldesloe) from the tournament, no Chance.
“means The final everything for me,” said Kvitova, who had triumphed in 2011 and 2014 at the All England Club: “I have Finally done it at a Major again.” In the final, only the first Grand Slam title of the season, but also the leadership of the world ranking list is not on the game. Kvitova or Osaka from on Monday, the Romanian Simona Halep at the top.
Osaka put in the first half hour the Foundation for your final. At least the statistics spoke clearly for you: 58 Matches in a row she had decided earlier, after winning the first set. For the number 59, they had to fight however for a long time. Pliskova didn’t let up as in the quarter-finals, as they had a shot against Serena Williams (United States) four match balls. Only after 1:53 hours Osaka was allowed to cheer. “I expected you to come back, I knew that it will be a tough fight,” said Osaka.
The match in the Rod Laver Arena took place under the closed roof, Kvitova, and Collins had begun even in the open air. At temperatures of nearly 40 degrees Celsius, the tournament rules for extreme heat, which entered into force but already in the first set at 4:4. After the short break, and protected by the roof, which is dominated Kvitova in the Match almost at will. Her victory was clearer than at the preparation tournament in Brisbane at the beginning of the year.