Australian Open 2022, Day 11, Highlights: Ashleigh Barty stormed into the women’s singles final of the Australian Open with a crushing 6-1, 6-3 win over Madison Keys. Barty is looking to become the first Australian women’s singles player to win a major on home soil in 43 years.
The world number one will be up against American 27th seed, Danielle Collins who blew away Iga Swiatek in the other semi-final. Read More
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A ruthless Danielle Collins simply blew away her semifinal opponent Iga Swiatek to enter he maiden Grand Slam final. The American was on the front foot right from the word go, her speed and powerful shots never really allowed the Pole to settle down. In the final game, a misplaced backhand by Swiatek sealed the deal for the 27th seeded American.
Collins 6-4, 6-1 Swiatek
It has not been Iga Swiatek’s night/day. She has been struggling even with some of her regulation shots. On top of that Danielle Collins has been at her dominating best. When you add these two, you get a disappointed Swiatek.
Collins 6-4, 5-1 *Swiatek (* denotes next server)
Iga Swiatek won’t go empty handed in this set. Collins got her footing wrong at 30-30 as Swiatek runs forward to make it 40-30. The Pole then follows it up with a service down the T and bags the game.
Collins* 6-4, 4-1 Swiatek (* denotes next server)
Looks like Iga Swiatek has no idea how to derail the Danielle Collins express! Collins has been unbelievable today, upped her game when it was needed the most and is now just two games away from her maiden Grand Slam final.
Collins 6-4, 4-0 *Swiatek (* denotes next server)
Danielle Collins wins back-to-back sets to love to go 3-0 ahead.
Collins* 6-4, 3-0 Swiatek (* denotes next server)
Swiatek serves the first game of the second set and concedes it in a rather unconvincing manner. She won the first point of the game following an unforced error but it was all Collins after that.
Collins* 6-4, 1-0 Swiatek (* denotes next server)
The final game of the set was a mini-representation of the match so far of sorts. She went 40-0 ahead in no time then a double fault costs her the chance win the game by love. The final point was won by Collins after Swiatek sends her forehand to the following a fantastic rally.
Collins 6-4 *Swiatek (* denotes next server)
Swiatek wins her serving game to stay in the set. It was a much better game for the Pole as she gave away just two points to Collins.
Collins* 5-4 Swiatek (* denotes next server)
With momentum on her side, it looked like Collins is just four shots away from the first set. However, two double faults, combined with a few good returns from Swiatek meant that the Pole bag the game.
Collins 5-3 *Swiatek (* denotes next server)
When it looked like Iga Swiatek is making her comeback in the game, Daniell Collins went 30-0 up in no time. Swiatek won the next point but Collins made it 40-15 right after with a backhand winner. Then a tame forehand slice went wide and Collins restored her two break advantage.
Collins* 5-2 Swiatek (* denotes next server)
For the first time in this match Swiatek looked like the player who is in control. She hit a backhand winner to make it 30-30. A unforced error from Collins saw Swiatek take 40-30 lead but the Amercian came back to equalise. However, a double fault and a powerful forehand won Swiatek the game.
Collins 4-2 *Swiatek (* denotes next server)
The Polish tennis star has finally opened her account in the second women’s singles semifinal. She won the fifth game Swiatek’s has struggled against Collin’s speed. At 30-30, she hits a forehand winner but concedes the next with a double-fault. Two forehand unforced errors after that cost Collins the game.
Collins* 4-1 Swiatek (* denotes next server)
Another game where Swiatek was outplayed and out-powered by Danielle Collins. Iga lost the first point with a backhand unforced error, then won a point but could not win anymore in that game. Three unforced errors for Swiatek in that game.
Collins 4-0 Swiatek* (* denotes next server)
Danielle Collins is on different level today against her higher-ranked opponent. Swiatek is really playing into her opponent’s hand.
*Collins 3-0 Swiatek (* denotes next server)
Swiatek is in a spot of bother here. So far she has struggled with some of her shots. The American has been aggressive from the start and in her serving game, she went 40-0 ahead after which Swiatek won a point. Finally, the American wins the game with a Backhand Winner
Collins 2-0 Swiatek* (* denotes next server)
Iga Swiatek who chose to serve first started off with a fault. Then she lost the first point with Backhand Forced Error. Collins went 30-o ahead after which Swiatek won her first point of the match. Eventually the game was bagged by the American.
*Collins 1-0 Swiatek (* denotes next server)
World ranking: 50
Prize money: $3,750,895
Career titles: 2
Grand Slam titles: 0
Australian Open best: Semi-final (2019, 2022)
Coach: No full-time coach
World ranking: 9
Prize money: $4,898,553
Career titles: 3
Grand Slam titles: 1 (French Open 2020)
Australian Open best: Semi-final (2022)
Coach: Tomasz Wiktorowski
Iga Swiatek wins the toss and she will serve first.
It’s time for the second women’s singles semi-final tie. Iga Swiatek takes on USA’s Danielle Collins for a place in the finals against Ash Barty.
The eleventh day of the first Grand Slam of the year will see the women’s singles semi-finals where Ash Barty will take on Madison Keys while Iga Swiatek and Danielle Collins will go up against each other.
It is a first Australian Open semi-final for Swiatek while for both Keys and Collins, it is their second appearances in the last four in Melbourne.
Ashleigh Barty is wary of “exceptional athlete” Madison Keys but the resurgent American knows she will need more than supreme fitness to outsmart the top seed and make the Australian Open final.
Barty is renowned as one of the best tacticians in the game and has out-thought and out-played all her opponents so far, in devastating fashion.
Heading into their semi-final on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday, the world number one has dropped just 17 games in her five matches at Melbourne Park without losing a set.
As well as “problem-solving” her way out of tricky moments, Barty has developed an exceptional all-court game which beaten quarter-final opponent Jessica Pegula said “picks you apart”.
The unseeded Keys, who made the last four in 2015 and lost to eventual champion Serena Williams, said it was important for her to “continue to focus on my side of the net”.
But she also knows Barty’s dangerous backhand slice — which courtside interviewer Jim Courier compared to Roger Federer — must be blunted.
“I think she does such a good job at resetting the point constantly, being able to get back to neutral off of a ball,” she said.
“You can’t do a ton off of her slice because it comes in so low.”
Two-time Grand Slam winner Barty is aiming to become the first Australian woman to win her home Grand Slam since Chris O’Neill in 1978 and will start as favourite.
But the down-to-earth Australian is taking nothing for granted against a player who has beaten 2020 champion Sofia Kenin, eighth seed Paula Badosa and fourth seed Barbora Krejcikova.
“Maddie is an exceptional athlete, she has a great serve, great first strike off the return and off her first ball after her serve,” she said.
“A lot of the time it’s about trying to put her in an uncomfortable position, try and get her off-balance, because if she controls the centre of the court the match is on her racquet.”
In the second semi-final, Polish seventh seed Iga Swiatek faces 27th-seeded American Danielle Collins, who is enjoying a second wind after surgery took away the pain that was hampering her game.
Big-hitting Collins said she expected the 2020 French Open champion to be “very relentless, powerful, strong”.
But after making the semis at Melbourne Park in 2019, the 28-year-old believes she now has the experience to press on.
“Now that I’ve made quarter-finals at French and semi-finals here before, I think I can use those experiences to certainly help me in the tight-pressure moments on court. I can use that to my advantage,” she said.
“Last time I was here in the semi-finals I had never done that before. Hopefully I can carry the confidence that I’ve gained over the last couple years and be able to use that to my advantage.”
Swiatek is still just 20 but has also gained huge experience since her French Open triumph, and is in the second week for a sixth consecutive Grand Slam.
But this is the first time she made the last four away from the Paris clay.
“I will approach it the same as any other match, really. I have played with some heavy hitters in this tournament already, so I feel like I’m feeling their game on my racquet pretty well,” she said.
“For sure it’s gonna be hard, and she’s in great shape, you can see that, and really confident. But I also feel that way.”
Ranked nine, Swiatek is projected to move to fourth in the world and could go as high as three if she wins the title.