Collins, Kvitova make it to semis in contrasting styles

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Jan 2019 12:36:44



Unheralded Danielle Collins battled from a set behind to down Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Tuesday and take her dream debut at the Australian Open into the penultimate round. The unseeded American beat world number 44 Pavlyuchenkova 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in a see-sawing match to set up a final four clash with either Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova or 15th seeded Australian Ash Barty.
The little-known 25-year-old, who has mostly played on the US college circuit, grabbed the tennis world's attention with a 6-0, 6-2 drubbing of second seed Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.

She was unable to repeat that sizzling form against Pavlyuchenkova but finished strongly in a feisty performance as her more experienced opponent wilted under pressure.
Collins, ranked 35 in the world, who has ousted three seeds on her way to the final four, said she was relishing playing on the big stage. "Yeah it's my first time to play on Rod Laver (Arena)," she said.

"I didn't even practice here. It was quite the experience. I really love it." It was the fifth time Pavlyuchenkova, 27, has made a Grand Slam quarter-finals and the Russian has failed to advance every time. Collins had never won a match at a Grand Slam in five previous attempts but is on a Cinderella run at Melbourne Park.

Kvitova is back in the semis: Petra Kvitova is back in the semifinals of the Australian Open for the first time in seven years after a thumping display of clean, aggressive tennis against Ash Barty. Kvitova beat the Australian 6-1 6-4 in their highly-anticipated night-time quarterfinal at Rod Laver Arena, requiring just 68 minutes to advance.
In the semifinals, the Czech will face Grand Slam novice Danielle Collins.
as she bids to reach a major final for the first time since she won Wimbledon in 2014.