Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová has reached the Australian Open finals,
after defeating her unseeded American opponent Danielle Rose Collins by a
score of 7-6, 6-0.
It is the first time Kvitová has made the finals in Melbourne and her third overall appearance in a Grand Slam tournament.
Her compatriot Karolína Plíšková lost her own semi-final match in Melbourne on Thursday to Japan's Naomi Osaka in three sets, by a score of 2-6, 6-4 and 4-6.
The final between Kvitová and Osaka takes place on Saturday.
Karolína Plíšková has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open
for the first time. The Czech was losing 1-5 in the third set but saved
four match points to eventually overcome Serena Williams of the US 6-4 4-6
7-5. Plíšková will now face Naomi Osaka for a place in the final. She
has never won a Grand Slam tournament.
Wednesday’s result makes an all-Czech final in Melbourne possible as two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová will face Danielle Rose Collins of the US in the other semi-final.
Petra Kvitová has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The
Czech women’s tennis number one overcame Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 6-1
6-4 in 70 minutes on Tuesday to continue a very impressive run at the first
Grand Slam tournament of the season. Kvitová has not dropped a single set
on her route to the last four in Melbourne.
In the women’s doubles, Barbora Strýcová and Markéta Vondroušová have also reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Another Czech pair, Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková, exited at the quarter-final stage.
Karolína Plíšková has reached the third round of tennis’s Australian
Open in Melbourne. The 26-year-old Czech overcame Madison Brengle of the US
4-6 6-1 6-0 in Wednesday’s match.
However, her twin sister, Kristýna Plíšková, has been knocked out in the first Grand Slam of the year. She lost 3-6 5-7 in the second round to Zhang Shuai.
In tennis, Petra Kvitová has won her second Sydney International title on
Saturday. The Czech world No. 8 recovered from a poor start to beat home
favorite Ashleigh Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 in the final match on Saturday.
The Czech Republic’s Kateřina Siniaková has picked up the women’s doubles title in Sydney with Aleksandra Krunić of Serbia, overcoming Eri Hozumi and Alicja Rosolska 6-1 7-6 in the final match.
The 22-year-old Siniaková became the sole holder of the WTA no. 1 doubles ranking following the end of the tournament, after previously sharing the top ranking with Barbora Krejčíková.
The Czech Republic’s Karolína Plíšková has won tennis’s Brisbane
International in Australia. The one-time world number one, who is 26,
overcame Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 4-6 7-5 6-2 in Sunday’s final for the
12th title of her career. Tsurenko twisted her ankle in the deciding set.
Plíšková also began 2017 with victory in Brisbane. Her latest win means she will now climb above compatriot Petra Kvitová to seventh in the world rankings.
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