Ash Barty wins drought-breaking Australian Open women's title

2022-01-29 4:01:00 PM

Ash Barty recovered from 5-1 down in the second set to beat Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the final on Saturday night, ending a 44-year drought for Australian women at their home Grand Slam tournament.

Ash Barty recovered from 5-1 down in the second set to beat Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the final on Saturday night, ending a 44-year drought for Australian women at their home Grand Slam tournament.

Ash Barty recovered from 5-1 down in the second set to beat Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the final on Saturday night, ending a 44-year drought for Australian women at their home Grand Slam tournament.

Barty is the first Australian women's singles champion since Chris O'Neil in 1978. She was the first homegrown player to reach the final since Wendy Turnbull in 1980."This is just a dream come true for me," the 25-year-old Barty said."I'm just so proud to be an Aussie."

"I'm an incredibly fortunate and lucky girl to have so much love in my corner," Barty said, thanking her coach and support team, her family, the tournament organizers and the crowd.Collins had spent more than four hours longer on court than Barty in her previous six matches, having to come back from a set and break down to beat Danish teenager Clara Tauson in the third round and rally from a set down to beat Elise Mertens in the fourth.

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Barty to face Collins in bid to end Australian title droughtAsh Barty ended a 42-year drought just by reaching the Australian Open final. The top-ranked Barty needs one more victory over Danielle Collins to be the first Australian woman to win her home Grand Slam title since 1978. It's crazy how she's cruising through this Grand Slam. Ash vs America at this point.. 4 straight Americans to defeat!

Ashleigh Barty clinches Australian Open title, ends home champion drought - National | Globalnews.caAshleigh Barty defeated Danielle Collins in final on Saturday, ending a 44-year drought for Australian women at their home Grand Slam tournament.

Barty wins drought-breaking Australian Open women's titleAsh Barty has won the Australian Open final 6-3, 7-6 (2) over Danielle Collins to end a 44-year drought for Australian women at their home Grand Slam tournament.

Barty wins drought-breaking Australian Open women's titleAsh Barty has won the Australian Open final 6-3, 7-6 (2) over Danielle Collins to end a 44-year drought for Australian women at their home Grand Slam tournament.

Ashleigh Barty clinches Australian Open title, ends home champion drought - National | Globalnews.caAshleigh Barty defeated Danielle Collins in final on Saturday, ending a 44-year drought for Australian women at their home Grand Slam tournament.

Barty to face Collins in bid to end Australian title droughtAsh Barty ended a 42-year drought just by reaching the Australian Open final. The top-ranked Barty needs one more victory over Danielle Collins to be the first Australian woman to win her home Grand Slam title since 1978. It's crazy how she's cruising through this Grand Slam. Ash vs America at this point.. 4 straight Americans to defeat!

0 MELBOURNE, Australia — Ash Barty will no longer need to overthink the 1970s when she prepares for the Australian Open.0 MELBOURNE, Australia -- Ash Barty ended a 42-year drought just by reaching the Australian Open final.Barty hadn’t dropped a set and had only conceded one service game through six matches, against American Amanda Anisimova in the fourth round.Ash Barty of Australia holds the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup aloft after defeating Danielle Collins of the U.

The top-ranked Barty recovered from 5-1 down in the second set to beat Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the final on Saturday night, ending a 44-year drought for Australian women at their home Grand Slam tournament. Barty is the first Australian women's singles champion since Chris O'Neil in 1978. Danielle Collins is in her way. She was the first homegrown player to reach the final since Wendy Turnbull in 1980. travel exemption for B. The pressure is off the 25-year-old Aussie, who has made a remarkable career comeback after taking time off — missing every Grand Slam tournament in 2015 and '16 — and briefly flirting with taking up a professional cricket career after three first-round exits at the majors in 2014. The women's final is set for Saturday. Barty now has Grand Slam singles titles on three surfaces, adding the hard court at Melbourne Park to her win on grass at Wimbledon last year and on clay at the 2019 French Open. Barty is the first Australian women's singles champion since Chris O'Neil in 1978.

She joins Serena Williams as the only active players on the women's tour with majors on all three surfaces.'' Barty is the first Australian since Wendy Turnbull in 1980 to reach the women's singles final at the tournament. Barty had beaten Anisimova, Jessica Pegula and 2017 U. "This is just a dream come true for me," the 25-year-old Barty said."I'm just so proud to be an Aussie. Barty has already won major titles on grass at Wimbledon and clay at the French Open." Evonne Goolagong Cawley, a tennis icon with seven Grand Slam singles titles and a trailblazer for Indigenous athletes from Australia, was a surprise guest to present the champion's trophy to Barty, who is part of a new generation of Indigenous stars. Collins had spent more than four hours longer on court than Barty in her previous six matches, having to come back from a set and break down to beat Danish teenager Clara Tauson in the third round and rally from a set down to beat Elise Mertens in the fourth. O'Neil was involved in the night, too, after carrying the trophy into the stadium for the pre-match ceremony. Both semifinals were over quickly. "This is just a dream come true for me," the 25-year-old Barty said.

"I'm an incredibly fortunate and lucky girl to have so much love in my corner," Barty said, thanking her coach and support team, her family, the tournament organizers and the crowd. Barty hadn't dropped a set and had only conceded one service game through six matches, against American Amanda Anisimova in the fourth round. She converted four of her six break-point opportunities, and saved the only two break points she faced on her serve against the 2017 U. Collins twice served for the set and twice was within two points of leveling the match and taking her first Grand Slam final to a deciding set. The 28-year-old Collins was the fourth American to take on Barty in four consecutive rounds. Barty had beaten Anisimova, Jessica Pegula and 2017 U. Open champion runner-up.S. “As an Aussie, the most important part of this tournament is being able to share it with so many people,” Barty said. Barty hadn't dropped a set and had only conceded one service game through six matches, against American Amanda Anisimova in the fourth round.

Open runner-up Madison Keys in straight sets. ``It's unreal. Collins had spent more than four hours longer on court than Barty in her previous six matches, having to come back from a set and break down to beat Danish teenager Clara Tauson in the third round and rally from a set down to beat Elise Mertens in the fourth. Barty took the first set after saving a break point in the fifth game and then breaking in the next. ``I love coming out here and playing in Australia.” Read more: Playing by the rules: COVID-19 vaccine exemptions in sport and the Djokovic saga Barty congratulated Collins and told her she “absolutely” belonged in the Top 10, adding: “I know you’ll be fighting for many of these in future. Not to be outdone, Collins hit back quickly, unloading with her powerful ground strokes and relying on her high-intensity game, breaking Barty's serve in the second and sixth games to take a 5-1 lead. Collins twice served for the set and twice was within two points of leveling the match and taking her first Grand Slam final to a deciding set. Now we have a chance to play for a title. Collins had spent more than four hours longer on court than Barty in her previous six matches, having to come back from a set and break down to beat Danish teenager Clara Tauson in the third round and rally from a set down to beat Elise Mertens in the fourth.

She led 30-0 in the seventh game of the set, but started to lose momentum when Barty jumped on a second serve and sent a return winner down the line. “Thank you for believing in me,” she said, crying. Another forehand winner just caught the baseline and then Barty got a breakpoint chance with another powerful forehand.'' The 27th-seeded Collins took only 78 minutes to beat the seventh-seeded Swiatek. Collins went to the chair umpire to complain about people making noise during the point and got booed heavily by the crowd. The umpire asked fans to refrain from shouting during play, as a courtesy to both players. She hit 27 winners, had only 13 unforced errors and imposed her relentless energy on the match.” © 2022 The Canadian Press. When Collins hit a backhand wide to drop the game, she got another loud boo from the crowd. Another forehand winner just caught the baseline and then Barty got a breakpoint chance with another powerful forehand.

Barty picked up the energy from an almost full house in Rod Laver Arena, despite government restrictions on ticket sales in the COVID-19 pandemic. Collins' run to the semifinals in 2019 was her best previous result at a Grand Slam tournament. She won five of the next six games to force a tiebreaker and then took control by racing to a 4-0 lead. "As an Aussie, the most important part of this tournament is being able to share it with so many people," Barty said. ``We've had some incredible battles,'' she said of Barty."This crowd is one of the most fun I've ever played in front of. You relaxed me, forced me to play my best tennis. 1 in her home country, it's going to be spectacular. She won five of the next six games to force a tiebreaker and then took control by racing to a 4-0 lead.

" Barty had reached the quarterfinals at her home major in the three previous years and was the top seed for the third straight year, but her best run until Saturday at Melbourne Park was a semifinal loss to eventual champion Sofia Kenin in 2020. The pressure of home expectations had taken a toll in the past. That year was the last time a No. This time, she said, she was just rolling with it. There were pockets of fans in gold shirts with Barty printed on the front in red, mimicking the logo of Vegemite, the famous Australian condiment. Keys was on a career-best 10-match winning streak ahead of the semifinals, including a run to the title in a tune-up tournament in Adelaide _ her first WTA title since 2019 _ and a first-round win over 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. Other fans wore the canary yellow shirt of the national World Cup-winning limited-overs cricket team — a nod to one of Barty's other sporting passions. The pressure of home expectations had taken a toll in the past.

Australian flags and the red, black and yellow Aboriginal flag were waved around the crowd. She's expected to return to the top 30 next week. Cathy Freeman, who draped both flags around her to celebrate her gold medal in the 400 meters at the Sydney 2000 Olympics — one of the defining images of those Games — was sitting adjacent to the baseline in Rod Laver Arena in full support. Barty congratulated Collins and told her she"absolutely" belonged in the Top 10, adding:"I know you'll be fighting for many of these in future. Most of the support in the first match, obviously, was for Barty." The run to the final was the best at a Grand Slam so far for Collins, who reached the semifinals in Australia in 2019 and the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. She paid tribute to her longtime mentor Marty Schneider and her boyfriend Joe Vollen, who were in the stands for support. Rod Laver, the aging Australian tennis great, was in the stadium himself. Cathy Freeman, who draped both flags around her to celebrate her gold medal in the 400 meters at the Sydney 2000 Olympics -- one of the defining images of those Games -- was sitting adjacent to the baseline in Rod Laver Arena in full support.

"Thank you for believing in me," she said, crying."I haven't had a ton of people believing me in my career. Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, dubbed ``Special K,'' ensured an all-Australian men's doubles final with 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over third-seeded Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in a nearly full Rod Laver Arena. To support me every step of the way means everything to me." When submitting content, please abide by our , and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. On a near-empty adjoining Margaret Court Arena, Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell beat the second-seeded team of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-3, 7-6 (9). Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. "I haven't had a ton of people believing me in my career.

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