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Naomi Osaka - Petra Kvitová
Australian Open women - 26 January 2019

Australian Open – Follow the Tennis match between Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitová live with Eurosport. The match starts at 09:30 on 26 January 2019. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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An awesome, intriguing Australian Open on the women's side of the tournament, and a great finish for it. Thanks so much for your company over the last fortnight.

11:35 

What beautiful speeches from both these women, and what a great final.

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"I read notes before this but I still forgot the rest of what I'm supposed to say!" Naomi Osaka, available for after-dinner speeches.

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Someone tells Osaka she can put the trophy down while she gives her speech. "Oh. Thank you!"

11:30 

Osaka collects her winnings, and the trophy from Li Na. She takes a deep breath before heading to the microphone.

"Um - hello. Public speaking isn't really my strong side. Huge congrats to you, Petra, I've always wanted to play you."

11:25 

Kvitova receives her prize, and is smiling nicely for photos before throwing herself at Li Na for a hug.

"Hello everyone! It's crazy, I can hardly believe I just played the final of a Grand Slam again," she says, and then she starts to cry.

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He's joined by a host of dignitaries, including Li Na, a former champion here. Great to see her - and she gets a massive reception.

11:20 

Todd Woodbridge is our master of ceremonies for the trophy presentation.

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And Osaka's coach Sascha Bajin is already on Twitter.

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The pair hug at the net before shaking hands with the umpire. Osaka is beaming and fighting back tears before crouching down to sob into her hands at her chair.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-7 6-4 KVITOVA: Osaka doesn't let the noise or the rain unsettle her, nor does she even stop to think - she steps up to the line and sends her first serve down before following up with a forehand down the line. Another good forehand, a point back for Kvitova, and a brilliant serve, and Naomi Osaka is the Australian Open champion and the new world number one.

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And it's starting to rain...

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OSAKA 7-6 5-7 5-4 KVITOVA: Absolutely sensational serve from Kvitova to hold and force Osaka to serve it out herself. Again.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-7 5-3 KVITOVA: Osaka isn't sure whether or not to challenge an out call, and umpire Louise Engzell tells her, "It's your last challenge." She opts to - it's in. Kvitova tries for a forehand volley but fails. One game left for Osaka.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-7 4-3 KVITOVA: A shout of "Come on!" as the Osaka backhand comes to play to move her 0-30 up. Kvitova nets a return to give the Japanese three break points, but grabs them back, marking it with a fist-pump.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-7 4-2 KVITOVA: Kvitova is threatening a break, but Osaka wins her next three service points in a row under little pressure, finishing with a lovely shot on the forehand into the corner once more.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-7 3-2 KVITOVA: A third ace of the match for Kvitova to keep in touch with Osaka.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-7 3-1 KVITOVA: Really poor drop shot from Osaka on game point, straight into the net, but she brings out a brilliant forehand to wrap up her third game in a row.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-7 2-1 KVITOVA: Double fault from Kvitova hands Osaka the break point, and the Czech still can't get the ball over the net with her first serve. Osaka attacks the second, and comes through with the rally to break.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-7 1-1 KVITOVA: Quick hold from Osaka, against a shaky Kvitova forehand. Her team are roaring her on.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-7 0-1 KVITOVA: Osaka looked heartbroken at the end of that set. What's going to happen?

 

Remember, Osaka had three championship points.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-7 KVITOVA: Never. Count. Petra. Kvitova. Out. I told you she was famed for going three, and she breaks to love to force that decider.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-6 KVITOVA: Kvitova is moving into the net, an interesting development, and there's a POJD! as she thinks she's held. Osaka challenges - but she's wrong to do so.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-5 KVITOVA: And the Kvitova forehand is definitely back at the party. She takes the first two points, and then Osaka gets on the board with a massive winner right into the corner. A double fault gives the Czech two break points, and an error from Osaka hands the eighth seed the break. The fourth seed slams a ball into the ground with frustration.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-4 KVITOVA: Apology from Osaka on the first point as her return hits the top of the net, but the second point she celebrates as she cracks a forehand to the Kvitova backhand. Kvitova hits a return long to give the Japanese three championship points, and Osaka steps back from the baseline just a little ready to receive. Kvitova sends a winner across the court on her forehand; Osaka's return to the forehand is then a touch long; and there's still one more championship point to go. Osaka's return is out, she can't drag back any points, and the Kvitova serve now looks as brilliant as it has earlier in the tournament.

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OSAKA 7-6 5-3 KVITOVA: Osaka is crushing the rallies and is serving so, so well. A distinct lack of "Pojd"-ing from Kvitova, who is, let us not forget, well known for coming back to force deciders.

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OSAKA 7-6 4-3 KVITOVA: An absolute holler from Kvitova as she holds - that game is vital. Osaka looks like she's unstoppable and Kvitova hasn't had much in this second set to test her.

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OSAKA 7-6 4-2 KVITOVA: Osaka is really coming through now, moving from 0-30 down to hold with ease.

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OSAKA 7-6 3-2 KVITOVA: That's the break to love. Kvitova can't get her forehand firing, and Osaka is gobbling up that serve because she relishes being faced with pace an power.

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OSAKA 7-6 2-2 KVITOVA: Tremendous rallying from these two, and Osaka meets the Kvitova forehand with aplomb.

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OSAKA 7-6 1-2 KVITOVA: Osaka is standing way in still to meet the Kvitova serve and it's paying off for her, while the Czech isn't quite hitting the ball as cleanly as she would wish.

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OSAKA 7-6 0-2 KVITOVA: The lack of pace on Osaka's second serve is punished by Kvitova, hitting a smashing forehand return to break.

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OSAKA 7-6 0-1 KVITOVA: Osaka has won the last 59 matches in which she has taken the first set. So - that's a stat.

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OSAKA 7-6 KVITOVA: Osaka benefits from a net cord and a mishit this time, and is 5-1 up at the change. Four set points for the 21-year-old, and she takes the first. 7-6(2) to Osaka.

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OSAKA 6-6 KVITOVA: Osaka is moving in to try and limit the Kvitova serve, and it works well, giving herself set point. The Czech then goes for a brilliant winner to claw it back, just touching the line to Osaka's right, and does the same to take it to a tie-break.

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OSAKA 6-5 KVITOVA: A hold under extreme pressure, with both women pushing the other the width of the court, and Kvitova benefiting from the luck of the net cord.

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OSAKA 5-5 KVITOVA: Smart as you like from Kvitova, using the drop shot beautifully on game point.

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OSAKA 5-4 KVITOVA: Great serving, not bad returning, but Osaka still holds to love, very quickly too.

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OSAKA 4-4 KVITOVA: Kvitova holds too, not letting the missed break points affect her concentration.

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OSAKA 4-3 KVITOVA: Three break points for Kvitova, with Osaka serving her second double fault of the match. But the Japanese saves each of them, with some help from her opponent, putting a bit too much on the returns.

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OSAKA 3-3 KVITOVA: Osaka is stretching Kvitova here, happily facing down her pace and power and using it against her, getting her first break point. Instead, Kvitova goes for a deft, gentle diagonal low volley, which the Japanese is less happy with.

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OSAKA 3-2 KVITOVA: Kvitova swings at the angled return to give herself the match's first break point, but a long hit takes us to deuce. Another cleverly slotted return takes the Czech to advantage, but she hits the net and doesn't capitalise. Osaka switches it up, directing her serve to make Kvitova less comfortable, and then Kvitova puts in a smart passing shot past her. Osaka does manage to hold, though, stepping up the serve and soaking up the pressure.

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OSAKA 2-2 KVITOVA: This is fascinating. The serving is excellent from both women, albeit in such different ways, Kvitova with the deceptive lefty serve, Osaka with the power.

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OSAKA 2-1 KVITOVA: That is some BIG serving from Naomi Osaka. Hold to love for her, sending down absolute rockets past Kvitova.

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OSAKA 1-1 KVITOVA: Very good serving from Kvitova, with an excellent second serve. Not a bad biff of a forehand either. Hold to love.

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OSAKA 1-0 KVITOVA: Osaka starts off with a double fault, and makes up with it for a speedy ace. Maybe a little bit nervous even though she's been in a Slam final much more recently than her opponent.

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The pair are met with warm applause as they enter the court - sounds like Osaka's fans are just a little noisier.

08:30 

The players are at the top of the corridor ready to head out on court.

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"To have the opportunity to play her in the final of a Grand Slam for the first time is something very amazing." Osaka is hyped to face Kvitova.

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"Being in a final with the best is something a little bit different...I'm happy that I was able to prove I could be back on the court and play well." Just a bit, Petra.

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Video - Wilander analysis: How Kvitova's movement has been key to her return to the top

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Oh, and just in case you didn't know - these two have never played each other before. So not much at stake, then.

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Video - Feature - Kvitova's extraordinary comeback from knife attack

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Kvitova's career was interrupted when she was stabbed by an intruder at her home in 2016. Her comeback has been truly remarkable as she has worked to adjust her game and racket grip as she has recovered from those injuries.

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Osaka is the current US Open champion; Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion.

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Video - Naomi Osaka: The 21-year-old goofball who’s one game away from No.1

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It's winner-takes-all - the champion will also be the new world number one for the very first time.

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Good morning and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the women's final at the Australian Open - Petra Kvitova against Naomi Osaka.