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Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova win to achieve Australian Open women’s final C?because it happened

Naomi Osaka celebrates after her challenge on match point. Photograph: Mast Irham/AAP

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2.06am EST
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Third set: Pliskova* 4-5 Osaka (*denotes server): And under huge pressure the Czech holds on; dramatic tennis, as you’d expect inside of a semi-final, which includes a shot at becoming world Number one either way women also threatened. Osaka pushes for any match, but Pliskova hangs in. The Japanese to provide to your match.

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2.00am EST
02:00

Third set: Pliskova 3-5 Osaka* (*denotes server): A key third point as Osaka provides an extra serve using the score 15-all. But Pliskova drags her shot long. The Czech then misses successful by millimetres, but returns well to force 30-40. Another strong return draws the Osaka error for deuce – here we go?

And another really good deep return for the feet of Osaka draws an endeavor that drifts long. Break point – and she or he fires an ace into the corner! Her 14th with the night. Pressure tennis, this. And Osaka holds.


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1.53am EST
01:53

Third set: Pliskova* 3-4 Osaka (*denotes server): Pliskova again finding joy with the pinning serve; she’s not enjoyed lots of aces tonight (still only the one?) but she’s targeting her opponent well. Osaka pounces over a weak second serve and fires a cross-court forehand, but Pliskova holds well. She still trails one break though.


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1.50am EST
01:50

Third set: Pliskova 2-4 Osaka* (*denotes server): The crowd very much behind the young Japanese, inspite of the quality tennis from both players, and they squeal with delight as she rattles off another service game to love. The patch here, with both players holding well, almost the very first time all match.


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1.49am EST
01:49

Third set: Pliskova* 2-3 Osaka (*denotes server): Solid service game, and she kicks wide and curling to evade Osaka. Important steadying game to the Czech.

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1.46am EST
01:46

Third set: Pliskova 1-3 Osaka* (*denotes server): Specifically what the doctor ordered as Osaka flies to 40-0, a run of nine consecutive points. Pliskova fires one back, yet it’s a rather comfortable service game with the Japanese. How to attempt to turn the screws on her opponent’s serve.


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1.43am EST
01:43

Third set: Pliskova* 1-2 Osaka (*denotes server): Wowee. This match is see-sawing dramatically. Osaka with a big winner, before she digs out a tricky cramping are designed to unlock three break points. She wins to enjoy – could that function as the decisive break?

The way the final fifteen minutes has played out you would not bet about it. But a big service game from Osaka here could spark a run.


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1.39am EST
01:39

Third set: Pliskova 1-1 Osaka* (*denotes server): A big winner fires japan after dropping the opening point. She follows that has a curling ace along with the crowd reply to lift. A large return from Pliskova earns a break point, but Osaka saves it that has a fiercely struck forehand, and fires off an important “Come on”!

She drags a forehand just long and Pliskova discusses a 2nd break point – again though early a larger winner down the line from Osaka of saving. Pliskova earns 1 / 3 break chance which has a big winner of her, but she just clips the tape of the net about the next and slams her racquet in frustration. Osaka eventually holds – thats a marathon game!


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1.33am EST
01:33

Third set: Pliskova* 1-0 Osaka (*denotes server): Pliskova pins her opponent again while using the serve; that is the risk when standing so close while receiving, Perhaps. The radar is looking better tuned now from Pliskova and she or he opens the last set using a hold.

Just three errors in the entire second set – she might have started it girls giving the impression she’d played her final yesterday (against Serena Williams) but Pliskova finishes it such as a woman who means business.


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1.29am EST
01:29

Pliskova takes the 2nd set 6-4!

It’s an effort dragged long from Osaka to open up, before a solid forehand clips the tape and drops fortuitously over for Pliskova. She offers the customary apology, but it can barely conceal her pleasure. Such a use of the match briefly like this! One from Osaka provides three set points, and Pliskova is a good example to consider first.

Well, it is a turn about. One set a bit: game on!

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1.24am EST
01:24

Second set: Pliskova* 5-4 Osaka (*denotes server): It starts comfortably with the Czech, but an important Osaka forehand inside the corner along with double fault open one small window. Pliskova looking much stronger with this second set though, and he or she holds to put the stress on Osaka.


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1.21am EST
01:21

Second set: Pliskova 4-4 Osaka* (*denotes server): Pliskova which includes a big forehand winner down the road off a looping second serve, but Osaka punches a clear jabbed backhand winner to return the favour. They trade blows like two heavyweight boxers as Pliskova slogs a victor later on for deuce. Osaka survives a chance point, and rattles off a large winner to hold. A massive game. Pliskova was almost serving to the second set.


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1.13am EST
01:13

Second set: Pliskova* 4-3 Osaka (*denotes server): An excellent rally about the second point, as Pliskova again forces her opponent to fund a collection of ground. Catastrophe ace with the match – remarkably – takes the Czech to 40-15 and he or she closes out of the game well.


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1.10am EST
01:10

Second set: Pliskova 3-3 Osaka* (*denotes server): Booming ace over the T to look at – a seventh on the match thus far. She drops a solitary point through a double fault, but it’s a brief blip because Japanese closes using an ace.


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1.07am EST
01:07

Second set: Pliskova* 3-2 Osaka (*denotes server): First think about second serve and Osaka monsters it from a metre within the baseline. Pliskova reaches the online next point, but Osaka fires a cross-court winner past her. Pliskova then pins her by using a well-directed serve, before the Japanese reels off another powerful forehand winner. A real battle, but she sporting activities Czech – an enormous game.


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1.03am EST
01:03

Second set: Pliskova 2-2 Osaka* (*denotes server): Osaka fires some near perfect shots, deep and in the feet from the 6ft+ Czech, before serving well, to complete an initial bet on the match to love.


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12.59am EST
00:59

Second set: Pliskova* 2-1 Osaka (*denotes server): It’s advantage the returner as Osaka races to give up three break points, 0-40. Pliskova saves the first, as well as the second, so the third after the hard-fought rally. Three big first serves to dig her way out on the hole, and that is exactly a great service hold, and perhaps an enormous morale boost too.


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12.55am EST
00:55

Second set: Pliskova 1-1 Osaka* (*denotes server): Pliskova using a strong winner later, before Osaka punches one wide. The Czech describes two break points, Osaka saves the earliest by having an ace, but she can’t prevent the second. A possibility straight back – that is better from the world No 7.

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12.51am EST
00:51

Second set: Pliskova* 0-1 Osaka (*denotes server): She’s creating angles from nowhere, Osaka, as she fires a clear cross-court forehand winner to get started the experience, before firing a victor in the future. She misses the overhead smash, to enable Pliskova a foothold extremely popular game. But Osaka pounces one more time – an arrangement and then an escape; it’s just a blistering start for your Japanese.


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12.48am EST
00:48

Osaka wins first set 6-2!

Pliskova draws the mistake on the opening point as she mixes her pace on returns, but Osaka fires an ace in response. Osaka challenges an out call and is particularly proved correct by a few millimetre, and turns round a critical point for 40-30. Then closes using a big ace. Upon such fine margins championship matches can change!

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12.43am EST
00:43

First set: Pliskova* 2-5 Osaka (*denotes server): Terrific rally within the fourth point, Osaka such as spring ready to uncoil on every groundstroke. Pliskova works her well towards edges, but the Japanese punches a success. The Czech saves a possibility point which has a fine backhand winner, but Osaka forces her through two deuces. A double fault hands her younger opponent another break, and a an opportunity to serve for any set.


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12.37am EST
00:37

First set: Pliskova 2-4 Osaka* (*denotes server): Few chinks during the armour on that service game, as Osaka drops just one single point. She serves well to your edges, and attacks each shot with verve, rattling off several winners.

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12.34am EST
00:34

First set: Pliskova* 2-3 Osaka (*denotes server): Far more comfortable on serve within the Czech, and she makes short work of that game. Now to put pressure on Osaka’s serve.


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12.32am EST
00:32

First set: Pliskova 1-3 Osaka* (*denotes server): Osaka looking really sharp, and he or she drops only one point within a pretty comfortable service game. However it is her speed through the court that’s worrying Pliskova.

What can the Czech produce across the next few games?


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12.28am EST
00:28

First set: Pliskova* 1-2 Osaka (*denotes server): A huge return of serve from Osaka gets Pliskova on the run before a double fault raises two break points. She saves the primary which includes a well worked rally, before cramping Osaka within the next by using a clever serve. Osaka works her opponent well from blistering winner down the line though, and he or she grabs the earliest break in the match!


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12.23am EST
00:23

First set: Pliskova 1-1 Osaka* (*denotes server): Osaka drops the outlet two points but builds her distance to the overall game. A large ace at 30-30 helps steady the earlier nerves since it is going to deuce. Pliskova also pouncing for the early second serves, but she can’t quite fashion the break. Osaka holds, as Pliskova makes any early unsuccessful challenge towards a line call.


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12.18am EST
00:18

We're underway!

First set: Pliskova* 1-0 Osaka (*denotes server): The tall Czech serves first with noticeable taping left knee. Hopefully that wont affect her game today. This is a mixed bag as Osaka looks to attack the other serve early and earns herself a rest point. But Pliskova fires a powerful serve down the T just to save, before holding the adventure using a long rally.


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12.10am EST
00:10

Both players make their exit towards the Rod Laver Arena, first Pliskova, followed closely by Osaka. A decent reception for, but the Australian crowd leaning slightly towards Osaka with regards to support.

And it’s hit 40 degrees in Melbourne. A whole lot for a top of 36, predicted pre-game!

They begin their warm ups. Pliskova having a 6cm height edge on her opponent; she’s never won a grand slam, despite making No 1 many years back. Osaka, naturally with all the one grand slam victory, as remarkable win on the US Open against Serena Williams this past year.

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12.00am EST
00:00

So, to uncover who will be Kvitova’s opponent in the final, and also on to our second semi-final, between Karolina Pliskova and Naomi Osaka.

There were some shots of Osaka earlier picking a keen go through the “heat stress” index graphic ahead of the cover was closed. My understanding is we’ll stick to your roof closed to do this second semi – uncertain hopefully will favour anyone especially.

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11.53pm EST
23:53

A relieved Kvitova talks to Jim Courier. “The first set was very tight for me personally, I’m really glad it came (together) inside tie-break.”

“I’m glad the roof closed, I prefer to experiment with indoor.”

Certainly it was actually something that appeared to change proceedings, while using game tight at 4-4, and Kvitova’s serve getting noticeably better from the controlled environment. Still, her ground game proved too strong for Collins, and surely nobody would malign the Czech a finals appearance.


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11.48pm EST
23:48

Game, set, match: Kvitova wins 7-6 (7-2), 6-0!

A big volley with the net, a very good serve over the T, a forehand from Collins dragged wide, and then she finishes which has a big forehand winner! And for that reason ends the brave run with the unseeded Danielle Collins – but it’s a return into a grand slam final for Petra Kvitova!

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11.42pm EST
23:42

Second set: Kvitova 5-0 Collins* (*denotes server): She won’t head on down without swinging, however Collins. After some shaky serves she runs Kvitova from corner to corner, winning a good baseline volley before smashing a very high double-backhander cross-court. Kvitova steels herself which includes a punchy return of serve, before Collins misses a drop shot. And also the Czech leaps on yet one more second will break to get a third time this set.

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11.36pm EST
23:36

Second set: Kvitova* 4-0 Collins (*denotes server): She has arguably the perfect service game of a few remaining women, plus the controlled conditions the tall left hander really consistently hit her strides. Collins absolutely no way using a sliding serve out wide, but she anticipates an overhead volley in the net well to scramble to 30-30. Kvitova closes out of the game calmly though, and holds.


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11.30pm EST
23:30

Second set: Kvitova 3-0 Collins* (*denotes server): A rare foray towards net from Collins, but the Czech is a great one to loop her opponent, and pertains to the internet herself to set up two break points. Huge cross-court backhand to win it, and Kvitova calls forth a 2nd break.


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11.27pm EST
23:27

Second set: Kvitova* 2-0 Collins (*denotes server): Kvitova sets out to find her groove, firing some strong first and second serves, and races from the game, dropping just one point.

Collins ought to find something, including more first serves if she’s to chase this match.

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11.24pm EST
23:24

Second set: Kvitova 1-0 Collins* (*denotes server): Now Collins argues the toss after the faulty let call. It’s one thing to be “feisty”, but she seems rattled here. A 2nd mechanical let call sounds with a fault along with the American is deeply unhappy in not capable to reserve. Trailing 15-40 she changes her racquet, and saves an escape which includes a sharp forehand winner. But she misses one from your deep, and Kvitova enjoys a beginning break.

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11.17pm EST
23:17

Kvitova wins first set 7-6 (7-2)!

We begin serve, nevertheless it’s the first mini-break to Kvitova as Collins cries in frustration as the Czech fires a forehand deep and fast towards the corner. Collins clips the tape to move down 3-1, before framing a serve deep. Kvitova fires a backhand winner to race to 5-1. Collins argues the toss with all the chair umpire Carlos Ramos to be a serve is named wide. Kvitova fires an ace on the T, then volleys home on the net.

Ice cool, within the now cooled off Czech – who fires a glowering think back over the net. First set, Kvitova.


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11.09pm EST
23:09

First set: Kvitova 6-6 Collins* (*denotes server): The game opens having a 17-hit rally, this is Kvitova who appears to expend probably the most energy during it. Collins races to 40-0 as Kvitova punches a wild forehand well wide. Another love hold, and then we use a tie-break.


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11.05pm EST
23:05

First set: Kvitova* 6-5 Collins (*denotes server): Why this all temperature chat matters is not surprisingly making use of the roof closed, serving conditions are now a little bit more comfortable. The theory that aids Kvitova, but there are plenty of permutations for instance racquet tension, ball speed etc which have been affected, and require adjustment.

Kvitova doesn’t make light work of her second service game during the new conditions, being dragged to deuce with an unforced error. She holds to the first advantage point though, and pumps the fist.


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11.01pm EST
23:01

First set: Kvitova 5-5 Collins* (*denotes server): So much for your pre-game forecast of 33; it’s only hit 38 degrees in Melbourne, therefore, the roof closing. No less than and when in Adelaide today, it’s 47.

Collins is constantly miss her first serve, but she’s defending her second serves well. Kvitova misses a straight-forward enough drop shop, and Collins holds – snarling a glare on the net at her opponent.


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10.57pm EST
22:57

First set: Kvitova* 5-4 Collins (*denotes server): So we recommence after a 6-7 minute break when the roof is closed. Both women are beginning being more vocal as Collins rattles off a huge “Come on” after firing a blistering forehand winner. The let cord gives Kvitova a lucky drop and she or he offers her opponent the customary apology. She procedes to hold, as Collins cries out in frustration following a return flies long.


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10.50pm EST
22:50

And, hello “heat stress” – our tournament referee has arrived lurking out from the shadows to announce the coverage shall be closed, together with the on-court heat stress indicator hitting 5. Collins argues the toss, but it doesn’t help. She presumably fancies her chances against Kvitova within the heat, but that’s moot now, your roof shuts.


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10.48pm EST
22:48

First set: Kvitova 4-4 Collins* (*denotes server): New balls and Collins utilises any additional pace well, racing through her service game. Big forehand in the future on approach to the first hold person to love in the game.


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10.45pm EST
22:45

First set: Kvitova* 4-3 Collins (*denotes server): A positive start to the Czech, who fires a booming ace down the T, then snaps a forehand winner down the road to race to 40-0. Kvitova then with a double fault before Collins fires a sliced return that earns the crowd’s admiration. Kvitova steadies however, and holds.


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10.41pm EST
22:41

First set: Kvitova 3-3 Collins* (*denotes server): Collins striding between serves with purpose but again her first serve percentage remains low. Kvitova monsters one or two second serves. An errant forehand from Kvitova sees her miss enable you to break straight back, and again she fires long on a second break point. Collins saves to deuce before Kvitova snarls off her first celebratory growl during the day after an infant woolly mammoth a fourth break point. Collins fires back an ace to save lots of, nevertheless it’s fifth time a charm, as Kvitova breaks straight back.


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10.33pm EST
22:33

First set: Kvitova* 2-3 Collins (*denotes server): Both players are retreating to your shade in the legal court between serves, and it’s really Kvitova who blinks first, allowing her opponent a review of two break points. Collins squanders the first as Kvitova fires an extra serve up the T, but an incredible cross-court backhand secures the break! First blood, Collins.


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10.29pm EST
22:29

First set: Kvitova 2-2 Collins* (*denotes server): Kvitova prowling very much inside the baseline seeking to pressurise the Collins serve, this doesn’t happen go to begin with, but she fires another forehand winner to make it returning to 30-15. Collins mixes up her pace to have the error on return, but another double fault puts her being forced. Kvitova challenges a line call nevertheless it’s long. Collins holds.


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10.25pm EST
22:25

First set: Kvitova* 2-1 Collins (*denotes server): Huge can the American’s backhand for Kvitova, who then rattles of any strong winner. Another baseline rally sees Kvitova fire long, but she snaps a forehand cross-court to accept game.

A note on the heat, I used to be possibly a touch blas earlier – the brand new “heat index” is looked over quite closely; should it persist a lot higher we could visit a temperature break.


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10.21pm EST
22:21

First set: Kvitova 1-1 Collins* (*denotes server): Collins starts brightly, racing in the first points before Kvitova launches a good cross-court winner. A double fault along with a nervy second serve brings the modern world No 6 to the net, but she only finds the tape. Collins settles to hold.


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10.17pm EST
22:17

Game on!

First set: Kvitova* 1-0 Collins (*denotes server): Kvitova serves first and starts by losing the very first point before blasting the second past Collins’ forehand. The American attacks the serve well to have 15-30, but a protracted rally sees the Czech fire a precision pass to level. Kvitova steadies and holds.


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10.11pm EST
22:11

Both players have headed on to Rod Laver court and begun their warm ups; so we’re not too far away with live action.

Flicking throughout the history books re an unseeded player running deep on the tournament, here’s the seeding of your player that’s won the women’s singles during the last several years roughly:

5, 2, 1, 3, 3, 1, 4, 1, 7, 2, 2.

The year before that (in 2007) it had become in truth an unseeded player who won, but that was Serena Williams; so not an unknown quantity. Before that? Christine O’Neil in 1978.

Much has been produced of Collins’ mental toughness, we’ll see how she fares on that front shortly.

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10.01pm EST
22:01

Obviously the grand slam title will be the thing at this time on the tournament, but a unique subplot is who will be crowned women’ss world One come tournament’s end?

Simona Halep’s exit from Serena Williams means 1 of 3 women could claim the crown – including Petra Kvitova – with these second semi-finalists Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova and in the frame.

She’s never gone to the summit before, Kvitova (although she climbed to world 2 for 2011) – will that add pressure or provide extra incentive with the Czech today?

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9.50pm EST
21:50

It’s a crisp 33 degrees in Melbourne today, with tops of 36. So positively balmy given recent temperatures. It shouldn’t affect players too much, but we’ll watch that since the matches progress.

If you’re just waking up from an intensive slumber and double checking your guides in respect of who Danielle Collins is, here’s a fine backgrounder from Whitney McIntosh about the unseeded American:

Danielle Collins: the feisty US college star causing upsets for the Australian Open

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Some terrific quotes, here.

“I’m feisty. I enjoy which makes it a war. If somebody hopes to get involved my face on my unforced errors, I’ve no trouble getting right back”. Your move, Kvitova.

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9.47pm EST
21:47

Hello to and sundry – good evening, good morning, to thee and thine no matter where you’re following Guardian Australia’s coverage today.

It’s Richard Parkin inside chair, as ever please enlighten other readers in your best insights, witticisms and general observations. Fire me an e-mail or tweet to affix the coverage.

First up, who you fancy to win today, and why?


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9.43pm EST
21:43

Preamble

Richard Parkin

And to the day after a night before. With the dramatic late capitulation of Serena Williams the women’s draw at the Australian Open has long been blown uncovered. Today we look for out which will capitalise on that space.

Danielle Collins has received a fairytale run at the tournament, when the scourge of both Julia Goerges and Angelique Kerber looks to remain her remarkable run. Standing her technique Petra Kvitova who must certainly be eyeing still another grand slam with all the biggest guns during the women’s draw falling prior to the semi finals.

We’ll have first action shortly, so place your kettle to your metal and clear your evenings, it’s women’s semi-finals action, live from Melbourne.

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