The first Australian to win in Melbourne since Chris O’Neill in 1978, world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty won her first Australian Open on Saturday January 29. The young woman thus won, at 25, her third major title after Roland-Garros in 2019 and Wimbledon in 2021, and the first at home.
She also becomes the only active player with Serena Williams to have won Majors on all surfaces (hard, grass and clay).
Four match points
Without really playing well or dominating as much as in the first six rounds, she won the final against the American Danielle Collins, world No. 30, in two sets (6-3, 7-6). In the first set, she saved the only break point she conceded and converted the only one she created for herself, packing the set in 32 minutes. She then went through a slump at the start of the second inning and twice gave up her faceoff.
Trailing 5-1 by committing an unexpected number of unforced errors and double faults, they still managed to recover to come back to 5-5. Danielle Collins managed to take the match to the tie-break but Ashleigh Barty quickly took the advantage, offering herself four match points and concluding from the first.
Ashleigh Barty was attending her 9and Australian Open and had never made it past the semi-finals. To win the title, she defeated four Americans in her last four matches: Amanda Anisimova in 8and, Jessica Pegula in the quarters, Madison Keys in the semis and Collins in the final. To win her first Major in 2019 at Roland-Garros, she had beaten the same four players.
Saturday, during the final, a thousand T-shirts “Where is Peng Shuai? » were also distributed by activists to spectators, in order to draw attention to the fate of the Chinese tennis champion, who has not appeared since December 22.
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