(Tennis news) Ashleigh Barty made sure that the home crowd cheered for her in the final of the women’s singles as she won her third Grand Slam title. The opening major of the year has now entered the final stage in all categories as the men’s singles finalists have also been confirmed. Daniil Medvedev will face Rafael Nadal in the final as the two players secured four set victories over their opponents in the semifinal.
In women’s singles, Ashleigh Barty made one of the best comebacks in Grand Slam finals as she beat Danielle Collins in the final of the 2022 Australian Open. The world number one did not lose a single set on the way to winning the title and was the first tiebreaker for both players in the event. Barty broke serve in the 6th game as Collins could not get a hold of the returns and could only win 1 point out of 16 off Barty’s serve.
In the second set, the American showed her determination by taking the first three games and then had a 5-1 lead as she was only a game away from forcing the match to a decider. Barty was on her way to losing her first set of the tournament and previous instances had seen the top players crumble under pressure especially when there is a lot depending on them.
Barty came back, maybe it was the crowd or the pressure which actually helped her cause this time. In the next four games, Collins could not get more than two points at each game as even a set point was not within reach. Now the 27th seed could not handle the weight as she was down 0-4 in the tie break and could only win two points at the end to get the runners up trophy in her maiden trip to a championship match. Barty defeated Collins 6-3, 7-6(7-2).
Barty has now won three titles in three finals at the Grand Slams as she continues to keep a strong hold on the rankings wheel. Collins will gain valuable ranking points as Barty will now be a part of a rich legacy at her home. Barty now only needs the US Open title to complete a career Grand Slam and has become the first Australian winner at Melbourne since Chris O'Neil in 1978.
The men’s singles and women’s doubles final will be the events on 30th January which is the last day of the 2022 Australian Open.