Australian Open Women’s QF:
Petra Kvitova ended Australia’s Barty Party as she knocked out the local hope er out in the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park, posting a solid 6-1, 6-4 victory.
The Czech double Wimbledon winner is back int a Grand Slam semi for the first time since the All England Club in 2014.
Kvitova has made an emotional comeback from a late 2016 knife attack during a home invasion which left her with serious cuts on her left playing hand and months of recovery,
She has announced her return in superlative style, winning six titles last season as well as taking Sydney honours this month.
She defeated Barty in that final and the week before beat upcoming opponent, Danielle Collins.
Unseeded American outsider Collins, who played her first Grand Slam only last season, reached a dream semi-final.
The No. 35 who had not won a match at a major until last week here, came through on her third match point for a 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 fightback to put out Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Kvitova got away quickly against Barty, who was the last Australian remaining in the home main draw.
The Czech was untroubled as she imposed a huge game on the crowd favourite.
In the second set she came back, she doesn’t give you anything for free.
“I didn’t give her the chance to play her game, but I had to play well.”
Kvitova hopes to take her winning experience against Collins from just over three weeks ago into the semi-final.
“We played in Brisbane for more than three hours, three sets and she served for the match.
“It was up and down and very tough.”
Russian Pavlyuchenkova, who has reached the quarter-final in all four Slams, won two of her three junior titles at Melbourne Park but was unable to reach her first semi-final.
Collins was coming off an upset of second seed and former winner Angelique Kerber in the fourth round after also defeating seeds Caroline Garcia and Julia Goerges.
“I definitely faced my challenges today,” Collins said. “I really got it together in the third set and went out with confidence.
“I cleaned some areas of my game up. This has all been a really incredible experience.
“It’s my first time playing main draw here in Australia, so I think that’s a little bit new to me. This time last year I was playing a challenger in Newport Beach.”