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24 Jan 2019

#AUSOpen: Can Naomi Osaka beat Petra Kvitova to win title?

Tennis: Osaka reaches her second successive Slam finale

US Open 2018 women's singles winner Naomi Osaka booked her second successive Grand Slam finale.

The fourth seed outgunned Karolina Pliskova in three sets to reach the final of the Australian Open 2019.

She will face an in-form Petra Kvitova in the summit clash.

Can Osaka prevail over eighth seed Kvitova?

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Tennis: Osaka reaches her second successive Slam finale
Osaka beats Pliskova 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in a tight encounter

Osaka wins

Osaka beats Pliskova 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in a tight encounter

The 21-year-old Japanese star beat seventh seed Pliskova 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to win her semis tie.

Pliskova, who had earlier beaten Serena Williams in a thriller, fought valiantly.

Osaka's winners and aces helped her stay ahead.

"I expected it, I expected a really hard battle. I just told myself to regroup in the third set and try as hard and I managed to win."

Kvitova

Kvitova beats Danielle Collins to book maiden Australian Open final

Czech eighth seed Kvitova battled past intense heat to reach her first Australian Open final.

The two-time Wimbledon champion won her match 7-6, 6-0 to set the ball rolling.

She will face an even sterner test in the finale, with Osaka having the momentum at the moment.

Collins, who enjoyed a dream run on her Australian Open debut, fell apart in the second set.

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Kvitova last won a Slam in 2014

Kvitova

Kvitova last won a Slam in 2014

Kvitova won the Sydney International ahead of the Australian Open.

She is in some strong form at the moment.

Winning the Australian Open could be difficult though.

Kvitova had a disappointing campaign in 2018 as far the Slams are concerned.

Her best results came in French and US Open (round three).

Meanwhile, she also won her last Slam back in 2014.

Reason

Why Osaka might prevail over Kvitova?

Osaka goes into the final as the favorite.

It won't be an easy ride, but her grit might help her to prevail over Kvitova.

She is young and her confidence could aid her.

The fresh memory of winning the US Open could help her get an understanding of what's needed to be done.

Osaka has enjoyed her time and has the momentum.

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Whom did Naomi Osaka beat in the semis of the Australian Open 2019?

Which player will Osaka face in the finale?

What's the mega prize besides the trophy on offer?

Which player goes into the finale as the favorite?

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Whom did Naomi Osaka beat in the semis of the Australian Open 2019?

Asked on 24-01-2019 by Aanya Mehta

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Naomi Osaka beat seventh seed Karolina Pliskova in the semis of the Australian Open 2019

Which player will Osaka face in the finale?

Asked on 24-01-2019 by Vivaan Balasubramanium

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Osaka will be up against Petra Kvitova in the final.

What's the mega prize besides the trophy on offer?

Asked on 24-01-2019 by Paridhi Gupta

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Whoever wins the Australian Open 2019 will be the new world number one in women's singles tennis.

Which player goes into the finale as the favorite?

Asked on 24-01-2019 by Rajesh Dasgupta

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Osaka goes into the finale as the favorite. She won the US Open 2018 title.

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