The wait was long. But after 44 years, Australian tennis has managed to place a champion in the record of its Grand Slam. Ashleigh Barty managed to end the drought by winning the Australian Open and taking over from his compatriot Chris O’Neill which it last achieved in 1978. The world number 1 achieved this by defeating the Americans in the final Danielle Rose Collins with 6-3 and 7-6 (7-2).
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“I’m proud to be Australian, happy to win this title and enjoy it with you all,” said Barty, who received the trophy from the former Aboriginal tennis player, friend and mentor in her youth, Evonne Goolagong, five-time champion of the 1974-77 tournament.
Winner of all her matches without giving up a set until the final and only 21 matches, Barty It started by dominating the American tennis player, 28 years old and 30 in the world, who played her first final in a Grand Slam and who has not yet won a tournament in the women’s circle, which she joined after completing her university career completed. A player who underwent a test in her youth who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and who underwent endometriosis surgery a few years ago.
without sacrificing a set
In 23 minutes, the Australian tennis player managed to score the first round without excessive problems and utilized a single ‘break’ (4-2). Collins , could not put the aggressive and brave tennis that took her to the final into play.
Collins was not deterred by Barty, also not in front of the Australian fans who turned to their compatriot at the Rod Laver Arena, limited to 85% by anti-covid health regulations. The American tennis player has grown in the face of adversity to be braver, increase her tennis level, with powerful shots and effective returns, and celebrate her points by facing the public and asking the chair referee to silence the stands make when the points were. in a game.
A) Yes Collins managed to make the ‘break’‘(2-0), secondly which Barty conceded throughout the tournament, repeated in the fifth (5-1) to take advantage. The Australian tennis player, who lost her initial solidity, managed to win the series of Collins she struck out twice to make the score 5-5, win four games in a row and force a draw.
Barty He has not yet missed the opportunity in the tie that the title could mean. The Australian managed to temper her nerves and the pressure of the moment to take a 4-0 lead. Collins He could only win two points so far. In the first match ball, with a cross-forehand pass, he certified his victory in 1 hour and 25 minutes, breaking the 44-year drought in Australian tennis.
The world number 1 managed to win her third Grand Slam after winning at Roland Garros (2019) and Wimbledon (2021). For Collins the price is also important despite the defeat. The American tennis player jumps to the ‘top 10’ this Monday and will become number 1 in her country.