Danielle Collins’ breakthrough run at the Australian Open continued with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal. The 25-year-old had never won a Grand Slam match in five previous attempts but will leave Australia with an incredible story. Collins knocked out seeded players like Julia Goerges and Caroline Garcia before dropping just two games in the biggest win of her career against three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber. Adding to this, the two-time NCAA singles champion is guaranteed to climb to a new career-high ranking with an unprecedented appearance in the Top 25.
Collins will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Thursday for a place in the final. Kvitova ended hopes of a home Australian Open champion with a convincing 6-1, 6-4 victory against Ashleigh Barty in the quarterfinals. The 28-year-old Czech proved too strong for Barty, hitting 25 winners to Ashleigh’s eight in the match. Kvitova is now riding a 10-match winning streak after winning the Sydney International and is yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park.
These two players will face each other for the second time in their careers. Kvitova and Collins met earlier this month at the Brisbane International where the Czech emerged victorious in three close sets.
Despite Danielle’s incredible run in Melbourne, the No.8 seed is the heavy favorite to win this match at -385 with 5Dimes. Kvitova is always an interesting investment in the final stages with an incredible 10-2 record in semifinals since September 2016. On the other hand, Collins will play her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal. With this in mind, we’ll take Petra’s -1.5 Set Handicap at -120 with Pinnacle as the best betting approach for this contest.
Former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova saved four match points in a remarkable comeback against Serena Williams to reach her first Australian Open semifinal. Serena looked to be cruising to victory but suffered an ankle injury when she was serving for the match at 5-1 in the third set. On the other hand, Pliskova remained calm and won six games in a row to beat Serena 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and 10 minutes.
Pliskova will play Naomi Osaka in the semifinals of the Australian Open. The 2018 US Open champion extended her winning streak at Grand Slams to 12 matches with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Elina Svitolina in just 72 minutes. Osaka outplayed Svitolina, winning 72.73% of the points in the Ukrainian’s second serve. Adding to this, the 21-year-old Japanese hit 31 winners and 25 unforced errors while restricting Svitolina to just 11 winners.
This will be the fourth official meeting between these two players. Pliskova leads 2-1 on their head-to-head with the Czech winning also their last encounter in Tokyo last year.
The sportsbooks are expecting close contest with Osaka as the slight favorite at -120 with Intertops while 5Dimes offers +110 for Pliskova to win this match. Despite Karolina’s lead on the head-to-head, it won’t be easy for the Czech to overcome such an aggressive player as Osaka on these fast court conditions in Melbourne. Naomi will be the crowd favorite and this is a great opportunity for her to become the first Japanese in tennis history to reach the Australian Open final. Having said that, our suggestion is to add Osaka’s moneyline to your betting picks as the best value bet for this match.