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Petra Kvitova advances to Australian Open semifinal; will face American Danielle Collins

Petra Kvitova advances to Australian Open semifinal; will face American Danielle Collins

The Czech broke down in tears immediately after her win, and said later: "Yeah, it just took me a bit to tears - but happy tears, for sure". Australia's own, Ashleigh Barty is still steaming along and within touching distance of the semi's. Although she had a strangely poor run at Grand Slams, with no semi-final run in more than five years, the two-time Wimbledon champion kept making deep runs on the tour. She had won the US Open title with CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States in doubles event previous year.

Maria Sharapova upset third-seed Caroline Wozniacki in three sets on Friday to advance to the fourth round at the 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne. "That's where you start from, then you move on", Tsitsipas told reporters afterwards.

"I love to play with freedom and fun and try and create as much variety as possible", she said.

It took four match points and 2 hours, 22 minutes before Barty fended off Sharapova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of a major for the first time, and becoming the first Australian woman since Jelena Dokic to reach the last eight at Melbourne Park.

"She is such a nice person, you should be very proud of her". She was asked about the same by a journalist in the press conference and Sharapova snapped back. 'I have given myself the opportunity and the chance to play in front of the best crowd in the world on one of the best courts in the world and in my home slam. "I just felt lonely and unusual".

"She really played unbelievable tennis today, as well", she said.

This is her first Grand Slam semi-final after her comeback from surgery.

GRAND slam greats Martina Navratilova and Kim Clijsters believe Ashleigh Barty has the repertoire to extend a whirlwind Australian Open campaign, but warn the Queenslander faces a huge mental battle against Czech Petra Kvitova.

Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, has not gone beyond the quarter-finals in Melbourne since 2012.

None of Sharapova's apparent underhand tactics did anything to knock Barty from her stride, as the Queensland native, 22, raced to a 4-0 lead in the third and final set.

And Stephens carried that momentum into the second, breaking immediately and going 2-0 ahead before her opponent roared back and reeled off six of the next seven games to force a decider.

See Barty come up against Petra Kvitova on Tuesday. "I think I'll just worry about getting home, celebrate what my team have been able to achieve over the last month".

Next up for the 35th-ranked Collins on Tuesday will be Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who reached her fifth Grand Slam quarterfinal by coming back to beat 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3 in a match that ended at almost 2 a.m. The Kvitova v Barty match will be played at 7 pm local time (9 am BST). "When you've got all those things happening good things will happen, so I think she can do it". Collins completely humiliated Angelique Kerber and the American looks to be playing top 10 quality tennis.


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