Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova defeated Danielle Collins 7-6(2), 6-0 under the roof on Rod Laver Arena. Kvitova extended her winning streak to 11 matches in a row and is just one win away from becoming the first Czech to win the Australian Open title since Hana Mandlikova in 1987. The 28-year-old has an incredible record in finals, capturing eight straight titles and winning 24 of 31 deciders at tour level throughout her career.
Kvitova will meet Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open women’s singles final on Saturday at Melbourne Park. The 2018 US Open champion advanced to her second Grand Slam final with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Karolina Pliskova in an hour and 53 minutes. Known as one of the most powerful players on the WTA Tour, Osaka fired 15 aces and 56 winners in a confident display. The Japanese superstar is bidding to become the first player since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to back up her maiden major title by winning the following Grand Slam.
The sportsbooks are expecting a close encounter with Petra as the slight favorite at -120 with Pinnacle while 5Dimes offers +110 for Osaka to win the title. Both players will try to dictate the points with their firepower and although Naomi is a slightly better mover, Kvitova’s big left-handed serve should play a key role on this final. The Czech won 92.2% of her service games and has yet to drop a set all tournament. Adding to this, Kvitova has always been an incredible investment in finals. With this in mind, our suggestion is to add Petra’s moneyline to your betting picks as the best value bet for this contest.