Status: 29/01/2022 12:30 p.m.
World number one Ashleigh Barty won the Australian Open for the first time in her career and secured her first home win since 1978 Down Under.
Barty defeated American Danielle Collins 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 2) in the final in Melbourne on Saturday (29.01.2022). The exceptional 25-year-old Queensland player thus crowned an excellent tournament without losing a set.
Even in the high-class final against the surprising finalists, world number one resisted the enormous pressure of expectations in the home country. “It’s just a dream come true. I’m so proud to be an Aussie,” she said after her triumph.
For Barty, nicknamed “Ash”, it is the third Grand Slam title in the third final. She had previously won the French Open in 2019 and Wimbledon the year before.
Small weakness phase in second set
Barty won the second set on Saturday despite a slight phase of weakness. In total, she celebrated her 15th professional title, which is sweetened with prize money of around 1.8 million euros.
She congratulated Collins, thanked the organizers, referees, ball children and fans and addressed loving words to her parents and sisters in the stands. At the greatest moment of her career, she hardly wanted to say a word about her own unique accomplishments. “I’m so lucky to have so many people here who love and support me,” Barty said touched.
She is Australia’s first home grand slam winner since 1978, when Christine O’Neil won the title. At the time, the Australian Open was still being held on grass at the Kooyong Tennis Club in Melbourne. For men, the last Australian triumph to date dates back to 1976 (Mark Edmondson).
nervousness to notice
In front of nearly 12,000 fans in the Rod Laver Arena, who cheered loudly on her hugely popular “Ash,” Barty was nervous over and over again after rushing brilliantly through the tournament. She lost only 21 matches on her way to the final and gave up only one match.
But Collins got the game’s first breakball. But Barty fended it off with nerves of steel and immediately took the serve from his opponent. She countered Collins’ power with wisdom and changeability. Even after losing the first set, number 30 in the world did not give up and took a 5-1 lead, took advantage of simple mistakes from Barty and served to win the set – but then Barty showed up and was no longer with the hectic crowd behind him to break.
Retrieved a lot of strength from downtime
Barty had been a big favorite since the first day of the tournament, with an entire nation awaiting the title – a pressure she had not always resisted in her career. After the US Open 2014, she took a burnout break, played professional cricket at home and found the fun in the sport again.
In 2020, as at the end of last season, Barty also took longer breaks to be able to spend more time with his family during the corona pandemic. Barty draws a lot of strength from these breaks, on Monday she starts her 113th week as a leader in the world rankings – only six players managed more.
Collins can also be very happy
Collins, on the other hand, missed his first major title in his first major final. But the strong performance in Melbourne is the biggest success of her career – for the 28-year-old has in recent years had to struggle with two chronic diseases.
Danielle Collins celebrates a point against Ashleigh Barty
Photo: AFP / MARTIN KEEP
First she had to have rheumatoid arthritis under control, and last year she was diagnosed with endometriosis. Only an operation in April last year brought relief after a long period of suffering with unusually strong menstrual cramps. Despite the defeat, she moves into the top 10 in the rankings for the first time on Monday and is placed as the best American.
Tennis: Barty makes Australians cheer
Ina Kast, NDR, 29.1.2022 13:06