Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty became the winner of women’s singles at the Australian Open grand slam for the first time in her career. In the final, she won in the position of the tournament unit over the deployed twenty-seven American Danielle Rose Collins 6: 3, 7: 6 (2). Barty is the first Australian woman to triumph in a single home slam since 1978, most recently Christine-Neill.
The leader of the WTA world rankings won the third overall title in singles at the Big Four on Saturday. Last year, Barty did not find a conqueror at Wimbledon, in 2019 she won at Roland Garros in Paris. Barty became the sixth player in history to succeed in the first three grand slam finals.
She passed this year’s Australian Open like a butter knife, losing only 29 games during the tournament and not allowing her opponents to play a single set. Thanks to her triumph in Melbourne, she earned a pre-tax bonus of A $ 2.875 million. It will add 2,000 points to the WTA rankings, and in Monday’s edition it will consolidate its position as a world unit.
Despite the loss, Collins achieved life success in Melbourne. She played the grand slam finals for the first time and will be ranked tenth in the new edition of the ranking – the highest in her career.
In the first four games, both finalists were confidently served. At 2: 2, Collins made her first break back in the match thanks to two high-quality backhand returns. However, Barty turned him away with a winning forehand along the line and maintained a service, which encouraged her. In another game, after Collins’ double mistake, she broke through the American woman’s serve and, after confirming the break, built up a 5: 2 lead. In the ninth geme, she turned into the first set thanks to an ace.
Barty enjoyed the match in Rod Laver’s near-crowded arena in front of turbulent Australian fans. She played variably, she used the harmonized backhand effectively, in important moments she was able to help with quality serving. The Australian woman also had the upper hand in longer exchanges from the baseline, her strokes were of optimal length. However, after losing the first set, Collins mobilized and at the beginning of the second act, after a quick break, bounced Barty to 3-0.
The American added to the aggressiveness, she often went to the net, which was true for the opponent. The Australian woman started to spoil more and more, at 1: 4 she lost the serve again after two double mistakes and Collins went to serve for the victory in the set. However, even in an unfavorable situation, Barytová did not fold her weapons in the next minutes, thanks to an improved game, she equalized to 5: 5.
The fate of the second set was finally decided by the secretary. Bartyová dominated in it, at 6: 2, after a great forehand throw, she turned the first swordball and adjusted the mutual balance with Collins to 4: 1. This year, the Australian has not yet found a winner, she won the tournament in Adelaide at the beginning of the season.
Women’s Singles Final:
Ashleigh Barty (Austr.-1) – Danielle Rose Collins (USA-27) 6: 3, 7: 6 (2)