Osaka edges Pliskova to set up Open final with Kvitova

Collins began the match in encouraging fashion and secured a break of serve

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Prior to their semi-final, however, is the clash between Petra Kvitova and the surprise of the tournament, Danielle Collins.

In fact, the victor will take over the No. 1 ranking from Simona Halep, who held it for 42 consecutive weeks entering this tournament.

The elated Czech rated it the best comeback of her life and said she always believed she could beat the American legend. Normally I like to play matches maybe two, three days in a row. "It's kind of weird, to be honest, as well, that I didn't know even if I was going to play tennis again".

'I work very hard to be in finals of tournaments.

She's made clear over the years she is not a huge fan of playing in stifling heat.

Kvitova, who is on an 11-match win streak after winning the Sydney International warm-up tournament, will claim the number one ranking if she lifts the trophy on Saturday, deposing Romania´s Simona Halep.

"I think there is a lot to learn off of what she does on the court". Not too many people truly are, of course, but someone like Collins, a 25-year-old from Florida, might be more used to that sort of thing. "Everyone tries to get their hands on one of the four biggest titles in sport, but Australia has been really kind to me". "Certainly had its effect".

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Fans at Rod Laver Arena who had fried in the sunshine applauded the announcement but Collins was not cheering after losing the tiebreak and being thrashed in the second set.

Osaka, meanwhile, extended her Slam run to 13 matches while putting a stop to Pliskova's 10-0 start to the season.

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

Having served first, Kvitova kept her nose in front after the break in play, but Collins held her nerve when twice serving to stay in the set to force the breaker, which Kvitova raced through after dropping just two points.

But Osaka steeled herself there, erasing the first break chance with a huge forehand, the second with a down-the-line backhand victor. On the third, another terrific backhand forced a forehand error into the net by Pliskova, who cracked her racket against the blue court. She broke Pliskova to love in the third game, drilled a forehand victor and two aces to hold for 3-1, and two games later, stretched her lead to 4-2 with a hold at love, assisted by another two winners.

The match would continue for another 28 minutes, but it basically was done, then and there. She's saved 70 percent of the break points she's faced while gutting out several tough three-setters. She would face one last break point at 4-3, but saved it with a 108 miles per hour (174 kph) ace.

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