Instead of tears, there was this time a charming conversation. After their semi-final victory at the Australian Open over Danielle Collins (7:6, 6:0) ready status, Petra Kvitova, 28 years old, for TV Interview with Ex-Pro Jim Courier, the Australian heat waves, and how it feels like to be in the finals of Melbourne. Harmless so.

Two days earlier, after their quarter-final success over Ashleigh Barty, was the have been different. Since Kvitova spoke about the months in which you have recovered from your severe nerve injury to the left wrist, suffered during a knife attack in December 2016. At that time Kvitova had scared a burglar out of her apartment, he stung her Hand. There was then a lot of sympathy for the Czech and concern for your career.

Kvitova, Courier

had Previously been subject to Kvitova as a very good player in attack entertaining daring, but often hectic. Now, a little more than two years after the attack, Kvitova matured long back on the Tour and a player with no real weaknesses. She is in shape, and on the Australian heat prepared; their play is precise, and the beats amazing for sure. Instead of large risk, the Wimbledon champion of 2011 and 2014 in Melbourne so far, by a calculated Offensive. How do the change?

“We talk more”

Kvitova is not an explanation. Last year she was the player with the most Successes, she won the tournaments in St. Petersburg, Doha, Prague, Madrid, Birmingham. Only Kvitova was the player of the discrepancy between the touring routine, and the Grand Slam tournaments, was the largest. There, namely, in the case of the Majors, she won only four Matches. At the Australian Open she failed last year in the first round to Andrea Petkovic. Now she is in the finals of Melbourne, where she meets on the Saturday on Naomi Osaka (9.30 p.m.; TV: Eurosport).

“I think the communication with my Team has become more open, we talk more,” said Kvitova. What sounds like a matter of course, is for Kvitova progress. Because that’s how fine your technique always has been, so hard she could beat Kvitova was missing, it is often the most important ability in Tennis: to make the right decision. Also under pressure with calculus to act, at every ball change.

Naomi Osaka

This will also be on Saturday against the Osaka crucial. How big is the challenge for Kvitova, shows the story. Because Osaka is the first player since 2001, was able to leave her first Grand Slam victory, directly, with the finals at the next Major consequences. The 21-year-old US Open champion seems to be the new face of Tennis. One that doesn’t stay after their first major title only a promise, but the Sport itself.

But Kvitova is aware of your experience in finals, maybe this is an advantage compared to Osaka. “I love Finals,” she said on Thursday. Their record of 26 Victories in 33 final appearances seems to confirm that, in any case, it is impressively good.

With a final win would not win Kvitova is only her third Grand Slam title, but also a summit finish that lasts for almost ten years. Than Kvitova in 2011, for the first time, the tournament in Wimbledon, and then the title at the WTA Masters repeated, it seemed certain that she can call once, would the world rank list first. Now, this can be actually true, with a final victory, you would be officially the best player in the world. For Naomi Osaka but this is true also.

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