Ashleigh Barty proved to the world yet again just why she is one of the best ever to play the sport of tennis when she displayed an outstanding performance to beat Danielle Collins in the final of the 2022 Australian Open on Saturday. Barty won the match 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) to end a 44-year wait for an Australian to win their home Grand Slam. Collins tried her level best, especially in the second set, to get the situation under control against the world no. 1 but it was just not meant to be. Barty’s resolve and hunger is something that should be highly appreciated as he came back from a 5-1 deficit in the second set to win it 7-6. It was indeed a historic day for Australians all across the world as one of their greatest ever tennis players delivered one of her greatest ever performances.
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The Australian recorded a whopping 10 aces but Collins could only earn a single. The win percentage of the world number 1 on the first serve was an incredible 83% while Collins’ was a decent 63%. On the second serve, however, it was the 27th seed with the greater win percentage as she recorded 55%. Barty’s was 48%.
The 25-year-old Barty did commit more double faults than Collins with three. The American committed two. The Aussie won three out of five break points while Collins won two out of four. Barty won nine service games on the day, two more than Collins’ seven.
The first set was a simple matter for Barty. With the crowd behind her, she got off to an absolute flyer of a start and completely set the tone of the set. Her serves were impeccable and Collins seemed visibly troubled. The American certainly seemed to have been caught off-guard with the pace at which Barty’s shots were flying at her and it was actually impressive that she managed to still win three games.
The second set was something out of a Hollywood movie. Collins seemed to be at the top of her game as Barty seriously struggled to get any momentum. The 27th seed’s prowess, especially with her lethal backhand, was on full display and it is certainly something that made the home fans quite uncomfortable.
When the score was 5-1 in favour of Collins, the American must have believed that she had the set in the bag. Perhaps it was overconfidence that disturbed her focus, but nothing can be taken away from Barty for what was one of the great Australian Open comebacks. She fought her way back, from being way behind in the set, and forced a tie-breaker. By this point, the crowd was going absolutely wild for their native hero.
The tie-breaker was a simple affair for Barty who took the first three points with relative ease. Collins’ confidence surely took a devastating hit after Barty’s comeback and it was evident. The American’s shots lacked power or precision in the final stages of the tie-breaker, and there was nothing stopping Barty from taking the opportunity and registering a historic victory.