Just 24 hours after saving four match points to stun Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova goes up against US Open champion Naomi Osaka for a place in Saturday's Australian Open final. "It´s very connected. I´m happy for that", said the Czech star. I was practising with the hand, like, two, three times per day. However, Collins will have to ensure that her opponent gets no window of opportunity to dominate in the game, specially in the beginning. "Don't get me wrong, it certainly has its challenges", said the 35th-ranked Collins. "I just told myself to regroup in the third set and try as hard as I can".
The odds were with Osaka given her record after winning the first set, and once more she took that momentum with her when breaking Pliskova in the opening game of the second set. Coming into the match as one of the biggest servers in the women's game, Pliskova managed three aces in the match while the Japanese reeled off 15, often coming up with unreturned serves to win the crucial points.
A close call on match point nearly tripped Osaka at the finish line after her ace was deemed out by the linesperson.
Osaka broke Pliskova's service games twice while facing not a single breakpoint to canter through the first set.
She was, however, made to wait before she could celebrate her victory.
It will be a battle of streaks in Saturday's final, which will determine the new WTA World No.1.
"It took me really a while to believe the people around me again and especially men, for sure. That's something that I'm really proud of". "She just played unbelievable".
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The 25-year-old is not the first American to not see eye-to-eye with the Portuguese umpire in recent times - few will need reminding he was the match official who Serena Williams infamously clashed with in the US Open final last year - and Collins was again incensed by a call from the gold-standard umpire on her way to being broken at the beginning of the second set. "It helped me a little bit". I just accepted the fact that I was going to lose. That's how it is. I like playing indoors'.
"Are you going to be doing some more of that?"
"Over the past 10 years, I've had plenty of success here".
Williams squandered four match points and a big-third set lead in a dramatic 6-4 4-6 7-5 quarter-final collapse against Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday.
"I think the conditions with the roof closed were ideal for her". "Yeah, it was tough". It was tough. Maybe there were a couple of that would have been different.
"It means everything", Kvitova said of reaching her first major final since the knife attack.
"I know that the season is longer". I'm feeling great with my game, with my team. They've apologised. For me, it's obvious, I'm tan.
Two of the most in-form players on tour, both women are playing lights-out tennis and increasing their fan bases along the way.