Barty lands first home Australian Open triumph in 44 years with victory over Collins

January 29, 2022

Ashleigh Barty beat Danielle Collins to win the Australian Open title, ending the home nation’s 44-year wait for a Grand Slam women’s singles champion.
Barty took the first set in routine fashion but came within two points of dropping her first set of the tournament when the American took a 5-1 lead but she twice failed to serve out the set.
Barty forced a tie-break that would prove decisive and jumped out to a 4-0 lead before sealing victory with a forehand crosscourt pass worthy of the win.
The first person Barty embraced after victory was Casey Dellacqua, her doubles partner who got her back into tennis after she quit as a teenager in order to live a more normal life, and the new Australian Open champion later paid tribute to her entire team, led by coach Craig Tyzzer,
“I’ve said numerous times on so lucky tonight to have so many people here that that love me support me,” Barty said on court afterwards.
“It’s pretty bloody special that Mum, Dad and my sisters are here. I’m pretty wrapped that that they can come down today.
“I’m an incredibly fortunate and lucky girl to have so much love in my corner. We started right together right from the start in this second part of our career.
“We did it all together and no one’s changed from that team. It’s been incredible. I love you guys to death you are the absolute best in the business.”

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