Fifth seed and Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova overcame a five-hour long delay due to heavy rain before coming on top of Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-1, 6-2, to advance into the Sydney International final. Thus, she has set up a summit clash date with Ashleigh Barty.
Kvitova required only 66 minutes to break Sasnovich’s resistance and take revenge for her 4-6, 6-4, 0-6 defeat to the Belarusian in the Wimbledon first round last year.
Kvitova, after the match, stated, “It was worth the wait, definitely. I am really glad that we were able to get back on the court and play. I am happy for that, definitely, being in the final. Such a great achievement for me so far in the beginning of the season. So I am only taking everything positively,” she added.
Kvitova, who is in line to claim her 26th title, will have to come with her best game to beat in-form and home favorite Ashleigh Barty. Barty, 22, is on the verge of a historic feat as well. If she emerges on top to win the title, she may be the first Australian to win the Sydney International since the all Australian 2005 championship match when Alicia Molik got the better of Samantha Stosur.
Yesterday, Andy Murray revealed that he may struggle to continue after Australian Open 2019. He wishes to play the Wimbledon but his hip surgery isn’t making things easier for him. In this regard, Kvitova also shared an emotional post from her official twitter account.
Thank you for being such an inspiration @andy_murray
Your hard work and perseverance taught me so much.
Hopefully you get to retire on our favourite court @wimbledon.
We will all be cheering for you these next few months pic.twitter.com/EyYy2z71Ii
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) January 11, 2019
Kvitova’s current form bodes well for her ahead of Australian Open 2019, which commences from January 14.