Petra Kvitova swats aside Danielle Collins to reach first Australian Open final

first_imgPetra Kvitova will compete in her first Grand Slam final in five years after ending the fairytale run of unseeded American Danielle Collins with a decisive 7-6(2) 6-0 victory on a scorching afternoon at Melbourne Park on Thursday.The eighth seeded Czech will meet the winner of U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka and seventh seeded compatriot Karolina Pliskova as she bids for her first Grand Slam triumph since claiming the second of her Wimbledon titles in 2014.The match at Rod Laver Arena was riven with tension, with a delay to close the roof during the first set due to the stifling conditions and a malfunction of the net cord sensor at the start of the second that left server Collins fuming.Kvitova capitalised on the American’s distraction to break her three times in succession on the way to an emphatic victory that made her the first Czech woman to reach the Melbourne final since Jana Novotna lost the 1991 decider to Monica [email protected]_Kvitova’s been unstoppable to start 2019won @SydneyTennisinto #AusOpen finalhasn’t lost a set in Melbourne (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2019″It means everything. I really worked very hard, finally I made it deep in this tournament,” Kvitova said in her on-court interview.”I am going to enjoy the final whatever happens. I am very, very happy.”The first set was very tight. I was very nervous. I am glad I came through the tiebreak.”Collins was angered when the net cord technology failed at 15-30 when she was on serve during the opening game of the second set.advertisementHaving won the point, she was made to replay it and remonstrated with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.The technology gave up another phantom beep on Collins’s replayed serve and Ramos told both players there had been a malfunction.SignatureKissWaveOur first 2019 Women’s Singles finalist @Petra_Kvitova #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2019Re-starting with a second serve, Collins gave up a backhand unforced error to concede two break points.She saved one with a big backhand winner but netted on the second.From there, things quickly went downhill for the American as the Czech ramped up her power game and roared to 5-0.Collins conceded another unforced error on her forehand to give Kvitova match point and the Czech fired her 30th winner to claim a clinical win.Also Read | Watch how an insect scared Naomi Osaka during Australian Open quarters winAlso Read | Japanese noodle company withdraws commercial featuring pale-skinned Naomi OsakaAlso Read | Lucas Pouille credits coach Amelie Mauresmo for Australian Open runAlso Read | I didn’t choke on match points, Pliskova played her best tennis: Serena Williamslast_img read more

Maar hi dogi? Deepika Padukone kills Ranveer Singh with stunning new Instagram pics

first_imgRanveer Singh – a man that most of the women would want to date or marry. But the actor is taken, and completely devoted to his wife Deepika Padukone. The Gully Boy actor never misses a chance to make declarations of love. Be it interviews or small getsures or cheesy comments, Ranveer cannot stop gushing about Deepika. And Valentine’s Day was no different.Deepika posted pictures from her latest outing, and Ranveer Singh cannot take his eyes off her beautiful pics.Deepika looked drop-dead gorgeous in a backless floral gown, and Ranveer Singh was all hearts for the stunning pictures. The 33-year-old actor wrote, “Maar hi dogi tum.” He did not stop at this. In another of the picture posted by Deepika, he wrote, “Tasty fingers.” On Thursday, as Prakash Padukone was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at an awards show honouring legends in the world of sports, Ranveer and Deepika joined him.After being in a steady relationship for six years, Ranveer and Deepika got married over two days at the picturesque Villa del Balbianello in Italy. Their traditional Konkani-style nuptials on November 14 were followed by an anand karaj ceremony on November 15.In an interview with a magazine, Deepika opened up on her equation with Ranveer. She said, “I think you just know when you want to spend the rest of your life with that one person and he’s everything rolled into one man. He’s my best friend, playmate, companion and confidant. I can be silly in front of him, I can be stupid in front of him, I can be sick in front of him, I can be whatever I want to be.”advertisementGULLY BOY MOVIE REVIEWALSO READ: Deepika Padukone reveals that she got engaged to Ranveer Singh four years agoALSO WATCH: Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italylast_img read more