Melbourne: In the Australian Open final, Petra Kvitova said she had proved the doubters wrong Thursday by reaching her maiden the first in a Grand Slam since a knife attack derailed her career. The two-time Wimbledon champion stormed past debutant Danielle Collins 7-6 (7/2), 6-0 in their semi-final after the end of the roof in searing Melbourne heat gave the Czech a boost. Collins was matching Kvitova until play was interrupted late in the first set while the roof on Rod Laver Arena was closed as the temperature soared past 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 Fahrenheit).
While Czech eighth seed Kvitova said until then she was struggling to find her best form. she said that "She is really glad that it (form) came in the tie-break and in the second set,".Further, she added that "She thinks she was happier than the fans when the roof closed and she likes to play indoors and I think that helped me a little bit." Collins, who had a dream run to make the final four on her Australian debut, became flustered after Kvitova won a first-set tie-breaker and her game fell apart in the second set.
She also said that"It's been a while. It's been five years," she said, referring to her last Grand Slam final” "You know, that's why I worked pretty hard to be back here. It just tastes very great. To be honest, I think not very many people believed that I could do that again, to stand on the court and play tennis and kind of play on this level. It was just really few of them, I think, and I'm very happy to have those few around me, which is the best. Hopefully (this will be) for them, for my family and for everybody who was there when I needed it."
Reaching the final is the highlight of what Kvitova calls her "second career", after she returned following a terrifying attack in her home in the Czech Republic in late 2016. A burglar slashed her racquet hand, sidelining her for almost six months and causing permanent nerve damage.