Hometown hero Barty fired-up for Kvitova

Ruben Holloway
January 23, 2019

'It's getting to the point now where I'm feeling more and more comfortable on the court and can play my brand of tennis, which when I execute I know it works against the best in the world'.

Kvitova wanted no part of another loss to Anisimova, who beat her previous year at Indian Wells and was the youngest American since Jennifer Capriati in 1993 to make it this far at Melbourne Park.

The victor of this match will play the victor of tomorrow afternoon's match-up between rookie USA player Danielle Collins and unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She has only reached one Grand Slam quarter-final in that time, and is still anchored around No 30 in the world as she approaches her 32nd birthday. So, uh, no pressure Ash.

Australia's top-ranked player Ashleigh Barty beat Wang Yafan 6-2 6-3 in a straight-forward affair on Wednesday, propelling the home country's leading prospect into the third round.

Sharapova also dismissed as "silly" a query on whether boos from the Australian crowd had contributed to her loss to the hometown favourite Barty.

Clijsters, who returned to tennis after starting a family to win three more majors from 2009, believes Barty has benefited from her sabbatical from the game to play cricket.

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"I want it bad, that's right", she said.

A tearful Petra Kvitova said she felt her comeback from a terrifying knife attack was finally complete Tuesday after powering into the Australian Open semi-finals.

Another American could join Collins in the women's semifinals, as Serena Williams faces the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova on Tuesday evening USA time. But she has strung together five victories in a row, including her upset of three-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-2 on Sunday.

"So I'm happy this time".

"I'm just living the dream, living what I've been working hard for", said the 14th seed, who lives in Cyprus but trains at the academy of Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou in France. "I was trying to fight even in the second set and tried my best". It was 0-5 when she got to Melbourne this month.

The victor will play the winner of Tuesday's other quarter-final between little-known American Danielle Collins or unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. I think she's playing at her level or better, which is great for Australia.

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"She's such a nice person and you should be very proud of her".

Striking the ball with incredible authority and timing, the dual Wimbledon champion allowed 15th seed Barty only fleeting chances.

"Great match. I start very well, I served well".

The tennis star is well-known for her tremendous, 34,000-strong fan base on Instagram, with subscribers eagerly looking forward to her regular visual updates, be it holiday snaps or tournament mementos. "So it's the first semi-final of the second career", she said.

Struggling for composure, she told Jim Courier: "No I didn't really imagine to be back on this great stadium and play".

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