Morning all and welcome to coverage of the women’s quarter-final between Petra Kvitova and Ashleigh Barty.
It’s a battle between the two in-form women of the year with Australian and 15th seed Barty losing just once this year – coincidentally to today’s eighth seed Kvitova at the Australian Open warm-up in Sydney earlier in the month.
On that occasion they were meeting with silverware at stake as Kvitova recovered from dropping the first set and trailing 3-0 in the second to win through 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 and claim her 26th WTA title.
Barty will have revenge in mind this morning as she looks to reach her first ever grand slam semi-final.
The 22-year-old would also become the first Australian woman to reach the last eight in Melbourne since Wendy Turnbull in 1984, while Chris O’Neil was the last female home winner in 1978.
Kvitova, meanwhile, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, has not gone past the quarter-finals in Melbourne since 2012.
– Game-by-game coverage of Kvitova vs Barty will commence after 8am