Kvitova & Osaka Clash For No.1 Status

Jan 24, 2019

The 2019 Australian Open women’s singles championship final will be played on Saturday evening in Melbourne, Australia between Czech Petra Kvitova and Japan’s Naomi Osaka, the respective players will not only be playing for the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup, the eventual champion will also be crowned the new WTA women’s world No.1.

Kvitova has been totally dominant over the past fortnight in Melbourne, making her way through the draw and into the final without dropping a set, Osaka has had to battle a little bit harder to make the big dance, but the 21 year old from Osaka in Japan is through to her second consecutive Grand Slam final and she will be looking to go back to back after her amazing win in New York last year at the US Open against Serena Williams.

Both women have tasted Grand Slam success previously with Osaka winning the 2018 US Open at Flushing Meadows and Kvitova being a two-time former Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014 respectively, both ladies have experienced the feeling of being involved in a Grand Slam decider before and both women also currently hold perfect records when they reach a major final, however that is all about to change this weekend for one of them.

If the tension of a Grand Slam singles final is not enough, the extra pressure of becoming world No.1 with a win on Saturday may see one or maybe both players portraying a few more nerves than normal, Kvitova and Osaka like to hit the ball hard and play to their strengths, if both players are on then we could see a classic women’s AO final, however I do wonder if the extra prize of being crowned world No.1 will have an effect on the quality of this match, let’s hope both players can embrace the moment and all tennis fans get to enjoy a fantastic match on Rod Laver Arena.

Written by: Tono

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