May 11, 2021

Kvitova and Osaka, for Australia and for the throne | sports

Kvitova and Osaka, for Australia and for the throne | sports

Melbourne will witness this Saturday the crossing of two trains. One back, the one Petra Kvitova, magnificent tennis player who at 28 years old knows all the intricacies of the circuit, having already won two major (Wimbledon 2011 and 2014) and five years later in another grand final, with absolute merit and a fantastic inertia; the other, on the way out, the effervescent Naomi Osaka, that with 21 years causes sensation by its freshness and that in a margin of five months can equal the figure of majors of the Czech, with the whole route ahead. Both, reversed stories, will be fought for taking the first big of the season after getting rid of Danielle Collins (7-6 and 6-0) and Karolina Pliskova (6-2, 4-6 and 6-4), respectively.

Few opted for the return of Kvitova, who two years ago was in these dates hospitalized, after being assaulted at home and receive several stabs in the left hand (left handed, in addition) that questioned his career. However, the Czech was not only reinserted, but since then has continued to shine. Without going any further, Saint Petersburg, Doha, Prague, Madrid and Birmingham saw her win the last course and now she competes with steel fist in Melbourne, where she could reach number one on the circuit for the first time. He won in Sydney and these two weeks has chronologically killed Magdalena Rybarikova, Irina-Camelia Begu, Belinda Bencic, Amanda Anisimova, Ashleigh Barty and finally Collins.

On a very hot day, at 40 degrees and with the roof of the central court closed, Osaka also progressed to Pliskova, who 24 hours ago had defeated Serena Williams in a match that will always be remembered. The Japanese, of Haitian father and Japanese mother, chains 13 consecutive victories in the Grand Slam territory. As in Flushing Meadows, will land in the final (9.30, Eurosport) with a fabulous dynamic, having alighted Magda Linette, Tamara Zidansek, Su-Wei Shieh, Anastasija Sevastova, Elina Svitolina and in the penultimate chapter to Pliskova, tutored by Conchita Martínez

Both will play not only their first Australian title, but also unseat Simona Halep. The Romanian, number one during the last 30 weeks (46 in total), yielded against Williams in the eighth and opened the door to both, right now in the fourth (Osaka) and the sixth step (Kvitova) of the ranking of the WTA.

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