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Australian Open 2022, Women's Singles Final Highlights: Ash Barty Beats Danielle Collins to Win Title

Australian Open 2022, Women's Singles Final Highlights: Ashleigh Barty defeated Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6(2) to win her home Grand Slam title. | January 29, 2022, 16:16 IST
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Australian Open 2022, Women’s Singles Final Highlights: Ashleigh Barty ends a 44-year long wait to become the first Australian women’s singles champion in Melbourne since 1978. She fought back from being 1-5 down in the second set to beat American Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6(2) to win the women’s singles crown. Read More

Jan 29, 2022 16:08 IST

Ash Barty - The Champion's Words

“Thank you very much. Congratulations to Danielle and your team. You’re in Top 10, that’s the way to go. You’ll have many more of these.

“The last couple of years have been really tough for everyone and it takes a lot to organise a tournament like this. You make the players feel so welcome.

“Thank you to the ball kids and volunteers, you make it so easy for all of us.

“Of course to my team. Wow, it’s just, I have said it numerous times that I am so lucky to have so many people love and support me. My mum, dad and sister are here and I am so wrapped that they could make it. I am the luckiest girl for having so much love in my corner. You guys are the absolute best in the business and thank you for putting so much into me.

“Being an Aussie, the crowd has been nothing short of exceptional. This crowd is the most fun to play in front of you. You guys forced me to bring my best tennis and against Danielle I needed it. Thank you.

“It’s an absolute dream come true being an Aussie. See you next time.”

Jan 29, 2022 16:03 IST

Danielle Collins' Speech After Receiving the Runner-up Trophy

“Congratulations Ash! I really admire some of the things you bring to the game and hopefully, I can add that to my game as well.

“The tournament would not have been possible without the awesome people here and the fans, this is the favourite Slam of a lot of players so congratulations.

“Thank you to all the volunteers. Thank you to the physios and dedicated medical staff here. With all the issues I had in my body, I would have been able to do what I have done without them.

“Thank you to all the people who came to support me. My guys in the corner. Thank you for believing in me. I haven’t had a lot of people in my career who have believed in me and Marty has been that person.”

Jan 29, 2022 15:58 IST

Evonne Goolagong Cawley to Present Trophies

Evonne Goolagong Cawley is in the house to present the trophies and Ash Barty has happy tears in her eyes.

Jan 29, 2022 15:45 IST

Barty Wins Australian Open

World No.1 Australian Ashleigh Barty is the Australian Open women’s singles champion. She beats Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6(2).

The 44-year wait is over! Ash Barty is the first Australian women’s singles player to win her home Grand Slam in 44 years.

Jan 29, 2022 15:38 IST

Barty vs Collins LIVE

After breaking each other twice, both Collins and Barty hold their own serves and we go into the tiebreak.

Barty 6-3, 6-6* Collins

Jan 29, 2022 15:27 IST

Barty Breaks Back Collins Again

Danielle Collins cannot serve it out AGAIN! Ash Barty breaks back for the second time and the second set continues. Collins started well but Barty hit back and then Collins wilted under pressure.

Barty* 6-3, 4-5 Collins

Jan 29, 2022 15:18 IST

Barty Breaks Back Collins

Ash Barty breaks back Danielle Collins to stay in the second set. The American will have another chance to serve it out though.

A weak game from the American, where her serves deserted her once again.

Barty* 6-3, 2-5 Collins

Jan 29, 2022 15:12 IST

Collins Double Break Up

Ash Barty is struggling out there in the second set. She is double faulting, spraying her shots outside of the court and just giving away easy points to Collins.

Barty 6-3, 1-5 Collins*

Jan 29, 2022 14:58 IST

Collins Breaks Barty

Aggressive play from Collins and she breaks Barty early in the second set. She had break points there and while the Australian saved one with an excellent serve to the T, the American made the best of a second serve from Barty and moved the world No.1 around to get the chance to smash it.

Barty 6-3, 0-2 Collins*

Jan 29, 2022 14:50 IST

Barty Takes 1st Set

Solid set from Ash Barty and she takes a step towards history! Barty looked unfazed against the pace of Collins and had a dependable serve to turn to every time she needed.

Barty takes the first set 6-3 against Danielle Collins.

Jan 29, 2022 14:40 IST

Barty Breaks Collins

Ashleigh Barty gets the first break of the game. After a tough service game herself, she put Danielle Collins under pressure, got a break point and the American double faulted on break point to hand the lead to the Australian.

Barty* 4-2 Collins

Jan 29, 2022 14:35 IST

Barty Holds Tough Service Game

And the Rod Laver Arena approves! Ash Barty with a tough service game there. She fends off a break point to hold her serve.

Barty 3-2 Collins*

Jan 29, 2022 14:31 IST

Ash Barty vs Danielle Collins LIVE

Barty and Collins are both holding their serves very well. Some kick serves, some touching the lines, this is going to be tight.

Barty* 2-2 Collins

Jan 29, 2022 14:25 IST

Match Underway

The women’s singles final between Ash Barty and Danielle Collins is underway. Both Barty and Collins are eyeing history here.

Jan 29, 2022 13:45 IST

Collins in 1st Grand Slam Final

This is Danielle Collins’ first shot at a Grand Slam title and despite being up against the world No.1 Ashleigh Barty, if she can produce her semi-final form, she can give Barty a tough, tough fight.

Jan 29, 2022 13:26 IST

Barty Eyes History

Ashleigh Barty is looking to become the first Australian women’s singles player to win her home Grand Slam in 44 years.

Jan 29, 2022 13:02 IST

Australian Open 2022, Women's Singles Final Tennis Live Score and Updates

Hello and welcome to News18Sports’ live coverage of the Australian Open. The women’s singles final in Melbourne will see world No.1 local hope Ashleigh Barty in action against American Danielle Collins, who is in her first Grand Slam final.

Jan 29, 2022 16:08 IST

Ash Barty - The Champion's Words

Jan 29, 2022 15:45 IST

Barty Wins Australian Open

Jan 29, 2022 14:50 IST

Barty Takes 1st Set

Jan 29, 2022 14:25 IST

Match Underway

Collins had two chances to serve the second set out but she wilted under pressure and Barty found her deadly forehand in distress to peg the American back. She took the first set 6-3 against Danielle Collins to give herself an important lead in the final. That was a solid set from the Australian she took a step towards history.

The first Grand Slam of the year gets its women’s champion on Saturday. Local hope Barty makes history in her country while for Collins, she could not make it all the way in her first appearance at a Slam final.

Danielle Collins faces a daunting task in the Australian Open final on Saturday against a world number one who is aiming to become the first homegrown women’s champion in 44 years, backed by a fiercely partisan crowd.

But the resurgent American is ready to tackle top seed and clear favourite Ashleigh Barty.

A raging Collins was in “the zone” to take apart Polish seventh seed Iga Swiatek and make her first Grand Slam final. She knows if she can find the sweet spot again on Saturday she has a chance.

“I think for me when I have a really clear idea of my tactics and what I want to do, it’s easier for me to get there,” said the 27th seed, who is pain-free after surgery last year for endometriosis.

“But then, you know, just like any other athlete and I think all of us on tour, you know, we have days where we try to get in the zone and we can’t.

“But I think it really helps when you can have a real clear road map to what you want to do on court and how you want to execute your game plan.”

The big-hitting Collins will need to bring more than just raw power to counter the tactical Barty who has been rampant so far, winning 20 of 21 sets this year.

As Jessica Pegula put it after losing to the Australian in the quarter-finals: “I think she’s definitely living in everyone’s head a little bit.

“I don’t think anyone is going to feel great going out to play her because they know they have to play really well.”

But Collins has proven at Melbourne Park that she belongs on the big stage, and has pushed Barty hard in their previous four matches, winning their previous encounter in Adelaide last year in straight sets.

“I’m going to have to kind of look back at some of the matches that we have played in the past and sit down and think about what worked well and maybe some of the things that didn’t work as well and just try to come up with the best game plan possible,” she said.

Working against Barty could be the weight of expectation.

She is the first Australian woman into the decider of her home Grand Slam since Wendy Turnbull in 1980 and is aiming to become the first winner since Chris O’Neil in 1978.

But the two-time Grand Slam champion — at the 2019 French Open and Wimbledon in 2021– appears relaxed and ready to accept the extra pressure.

Asked how she would prepare for one of the biggest matches of her career, she replied: “Same old. I’m a creature of habit. Not a lot will change for us. The preparation stays the same, process is the same.

“I’m able to switch off when I’m not here on site and that makes the time when we are on site more enjoyable, more special, and then we switch on and get ready to go.”

Barty has repeatedly pointed during the tournament to her ability to “problem-solve” while on court, a trait she has worked on with coach Craig Tyzzer.

That will again come into play against Collins, who is not just one of the game’s hardest hitters, but also one of its most passionate, in stark contrast to an unflustered Barty.

“I think the way she’s able to control the baseline and really take the game on she’s one of the most fierce competitors out here. She loves to get in your face and loves to really take it on,” said Barty.

“It’s going to be a challenge for me to try and neutralise as best that I can. I think the challenge is going to be trying to get her off-balance.”

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