/Factbox: Petra Kvitova v Danielle Collins

Factbox: Petra Kvitova v Danielle Collins


(Reuters) – A look at the records of Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova and American Danielle Collins before their semi-final match at the Australian Open on Thursday (prefix number denotes seeding):

Tennis – Australian Open – Quarter-final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 22, 2019. Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova celebrates after winning the match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty. REUTERS/Edgar Su

8-PETRA KVITOVA

Age: 28

WTA Ranking: 6

Grand Slam titles: 2 (Wimbledon 2011, 2014)

2018 Australian Open performance: First round

Best Australian Open performance: Semi-finals (2012, 2019)

It is the first time Kvitova has reached a Grand Slam semi-final since being stabbed in a home invasion in late 2016, requiring surgery to her left hand.

The Czech power-hitter has started the new year with a bang, winning the Sydney International title followed by five wins at Melbourne Park without dropping a set.

DANIELLE COLLINS

Age: 25

WTA Ranking: 35

Grand Slam titles: 0

2018 Australian Open performance: Did not play

Best Australian Open performance: Semi-finals (2019)

Collins was ranked 162nd a year ago, before she recorded wins over Madison Keys on her way to the Indian Wells quarter-finals, CoCo Vandeweghe and Venus Williams during a Miami semi-final run and Victoria Azarenka en route to another semi-final in San Jose.

Tennis – Australian Open – Quarter-final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 22, 2019. Danielle Collins of the U.S. celebrates after winning the match against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The American had not recorded a match win at Grand Slams until this year but now has five of them. She knocked out three seeded players, including world number two Angelique Kerber.

HEAD-TO-HEAD (Kvitova 1 – Collins 0)

2019 Kvitova d Collins 6-7(6) 7-6(6) 6-3 (Brisbane, hard)

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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