Melbourne: Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova meet in the Australian Open final with a championship and the No 1 ranking at stake.
Neither has ever won the title at Melbourne Park or been atop the WTA rankings.
Saturday's matchup is also the first time they have played against each other.
Osaka is trying to win a second consecutive Major trophy to go along with the one she earned at the US Open last September. She also would be the first player from Japan to be No 1.
Kvitova seeks her third Grand Slam title " and the first since she was stabbed in the hand by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic a little more than two years ago.
(With inputs from The Associated Press)