Ranked number one in the world at the time, Seles spent more than two years out of competitive tennis before coming back.
"I like the heat so I was kind of sad about that..."
Japan's Naomi Osaka serves to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, on January 24, 2019. She scorched the court further with 56 winners, often going down on one knee to generate huge power to leave former world number one Pliskova stranded.
"I do have a better percentage of winning than losing in the final", she said. I was very nervous. "I'm really happy to be back in the final again". She broke Pliskova to love in the third game, drilled a forehand victor and two aces to hold for 3-1, and two games later, stretched her lead to 4-2 with a hold at love, assisted by another two winners.
"I kind of want her to approach the match like she approached Pliskova", Bajin said.
"It wasn't only physically but mentally very tough", she said of her recovery.
All the attention was on Serena Williams' ankle following her shocking exit from the Australian Open on Wednesday. Osaka waited with folded hands after challenging the line call and then erupted in joy once the Hawkeye technology confirmed the ace. Whatever happens, I'm very, very happy.
"It's not like I - yeah, I can't say that I choked on those match points".
"I'm just focused on this right now".
Osaka, who was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father and moved to the United States when she was young, spoke publicly about the issue for the first time after defeating Karolina Pliskova in Thursday's semi-final.
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The champion in Australia will also assume the No. 1 ranking. She fended off four key break points in the third set against Pliskova to win 6-4 in the third.
The match was suspended for about five minutes and when play resumed, it went from being completely even to tilted in Kvitova's favour.
"I was missing maybe little bit power today, too".
"I mean, we've never played before".
The world no. 8 stormed through the opening set tie-break, dropping only two points to clinch the set. She would face one last break point at 4-3, but saved it with a 108 miles per hour (174 kph) ace. The Japanese served 15 aces as opposed to just three from the Czech.
"The big picture for me is always winning", she said at her press conference.
Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova thinks "not very many people believed" she could return to the top of the sport after she suffered multiple injuries during a knife attack in 2016. "Yeah, it was tough".
Kvitova was 21 when she made her Grand Slam breakthrough at Wimbledon in 2011 and was a star on the rise, much like Osaka is now.
"You could not imagine or script how the last two majors have ended for Serena!" I had some chances, of course, but they were not in my hands at all.
"I know that the season is longer".
"I had the feeling that 2019 can be good year".