Home favourite Ash Barty claims first Australian Open title

Ash Barty won her first Australian Open singles title after defeating Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6(2) in the final on Saturday.

The world number one ended Australia’s 44-year wait for a women’s singles champion at Melbourne Park, with Chris O’Neil enjoying the last such success in 1978.

Barty hit 10 aces on the way to sealing a third Slam in just under an hour-and-a-half – adding to her victories at Roland Garros (2019) and Wimbledon (2021) – meaning she has now triumphed on all major surfaces.

The first female Australian singles finalist since Wendy Turnbull in 1980, Barty had achieved the feat without dropping a single set along the way.

The top seed landed the first blow of the final in game six; an untimely double fault from Collins at 30-40 resulting in a crucial break.

Winning 94 per cent of points behind her first serve, Barty held to love in the ninth to take the opening set.

Collins had recovered from losing the first set against Clara Tauson and Elise Mertens on the way to reaching her maiden Slam final.

And the 27th seed responded in an ideal manner; breaking in game two of the second to take early command, while pressing home that advantage after rescuing two break points for a 3-0 lead.

The American then broke to 15 in the sixth for 5-1 and the pressure on Barty was appearing to tell.

But roared on by the raucous home crowd on Laver, the world number one hit back immediately and reduced the arrears to 5-4 when Collins sent a loose backhand into the tape.

The next three games went with serve to force a tie-break, but it was one-way traffic from there.

Indeed, Barty dominated proceedings before a huge forehand winner – her 30th of the contest – completed leg three in her quest for a Career Grand Slam.

World number one Ashleigh Barty will be looking for her third Grand Slam trophy when she takes on Danielle Collins on Saturday in the final of the 2022 Australian Open.

Barty has been in perfect shape since the start of 2022, opening the year with a 14th career title in Adelaide and following this up with an incredible run at the Australian Open.

The reigning Wimbledon champion has stormed into the final in Melbourne without losing a single set in the process and has dropped just 21 games in six rounds, which is the third-most efficient route to the final in Australian Open history.

Barty is now looking to become the first homegrown female player to win the Australian Open singles title since 1978.

Collins, a semi-finalist at the Australian Open back in 2019, has also been in imperial touch all fortnight in Melbourne. The American has improved her game in the second week of the event, having dropped just 11 games in the previous two rounds.

Furthermore, she comes fresh into this final after an incredible performance against Iga Swiatek in the Semi-Finals, defeating the Pole in straight sets (6-4, 6-1).

Since undergoing surgery for endometriosis last spring, Collins has won 36 of her last 46 matches. During this run, she managed to win titles at Palermo and San Jose.

It is obvious that Collins feels great in Melbourne as three of her seven top-10 victories have come at this prestigious competition.

Barty is the heavy favourite for this final, but we expect Collins to test the home favourite. Our prediction is Over 19.5 Games at odds of 3/4 with Bet365.

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World number one Ashleigh Barty will face Madison Keys in the Semi-Finals of the 2022 Australian Open on Thursday.

Local favourite Barty has been in fantastic form here in Melbourne so far, having won each of her five matches without dropping a single set.

Barty has dropped just 17 games in the first five rounds, which includes a terrific performance in the quarterfinals against Jessica Pegula (6-2, 6-0).

Wimbledon champion Barty now holds a 9-0 win-loss record in 2022 with eight of these coming in straight sets and is bidding to become the first Australian woman to reach the final of the Australian Open since 1980. Her previous quest was in 2020 when she was stopped by eventual champion Sofia Kenin.

After a four-year wait, Keys is once again into a Grand Slam Semi-Final. The American has won 10 of her 11 matches on hard courts in 2022 and she is currently on a ten-match winning streak.

She has dropped just one set in five rounds at the Australian Open 2022 and comes fresh off a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Barbora Krejcikova in the Quarter-Finals.

The most impressive thing is that Keys has already equalled the same amount of wins this month (11) as her total wins in 2021.

Our prediction is Over 20.5 Games at odds of 5/6 with Bet365.

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World number one Ashleigh Barty will take on Jessica Pegula in the Quarter-Finals of the 2022 Australian Open on Tuesday.

Barty is now on a seven-match winning streak without dropping a single set in the process. She is looking unbeatable at the moment, especially after the Fourth Round performance against an in-form Amanda Anisimova.

In the opening rounds, she defeated the likes of Tsurenko, Bronzetti and Giorgi while losing just eight games.

Barty is now in the Last Eight of the Australian Open for the third year in a row. If she manages to win three more matches, Barty will become the first Australian player to win the Australian Open since 1978.

Pegula, on the other hand, kicked off 2022 with two consecutive defeats in Melbourne and Sydney, but bounced back with four wins in a row at the 2022 Australian Open.

The American played against accessible opponents in the opening rounds before beating world number eight Maria Sakkari in straight sets in the Fourth Round.

Pegula is into the Quarter-Finals of the Australian Open for the second successive year, with her run in 2021 having ended in defeat to eventual finalist Jennifer Brady.

Our best prediction for Barty vs Pegula is Over 18.5 Games at odds of 17/25 with Bet365.

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Ashleigh Barty will be seeking her fourth consecutive appearance in the Quarter-Finals of the Australian Open when she meets Amanda Anisimova on Sunday.

Barty has won 14 of her last 15 matches on hard courts and she is currently on a seven-match winning streak. She is yet to drop a single set at the Australian Open 2022, having beaten the likes of Tsurenko, Bronzetti and Giorgi in straight sets.

Barty has had an amazing season in 2021, winning five tour titles – including Wimbledon, Miami and Cincinnati. Barty has reached the Semi-Finals of the Australian Open back in 2020 and she looks strong enough this year to lift this trophy for the first time ever.

Anisimova, on the other hand, is probably one of the most in-form players at the moment. She has won her last 15 matches on hard courts, including a splendid 2-1 victory over Naomi Osaka in the third round at the Australian Open 2022.

Prior to this year’s edition of the Australian Open, Amanda hasn’t won a single match in Melbourne since 2019.

Our prediction for this clash is Over 19.5 games at odds of 8/11 with Bet365.

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Top seed Ashleigh Barty and Camila Giorgi will go head-to-head in the Third Round of the 2022 Australian Open on Friday.

Barty had an extraordinary 2021 season, in which she won four titles and the Wimbledon. She started this year with another title at Adelaide, which was actually the 14th singles title of her career.

Barty has demolished her first two opponents here at the Australian Open 2022 so far, having dropped just three sets against Tsurenko and Bronzetti. When it comes to the Australian Open, Barty has reached at least the quarter-finals in her three appearances so far.

Meanwhile, Giorgi has actually played her first two matches of the year here at the Australian Open. She defeated Potapova and Martincova in the first two rounds to equalise her best performance at the Australian Open.

Camila’s most notable result in 2021 was winning the Canadian Open after an impressive performance against Karolina Pliskova. That was actually her first WTA 1000 title in her career.

Barty has won the previous three meetings with Giorgi and we expect a similar outcome tomorrow. Our prediction is Under 18.5 Games at odds of 8/11 with Bet365.

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Ashleigh Barty will lock horns with Lucia Bronzetti on Wednesday at 1.30am GMT, with the top seed looking for a place in the Third Round of the 2022 Australian Open.

Barty had a perfect start to 2022 as she won her opening five matches on hard courts while dropping just one set. She did well to claim the Adelaide title for the second time in her career earlier this month.

Barty followed this up with a 2-0 win over Tsurenko in the opening round of the Australian Open 2022, conceding just one game in the process. Overall, Barty has won 12 of her last 13 matches on hard courts.

Last year, Barty has won just one Grand Slam – Wimbledon, but then lost unexpectedly in the third round at the US Open at the hands of Rogers.

Meanwhile, Bronzetti has already played seven matches in 2022 so far and won six in the process. She started as a qualifier here in Melbourne and won all three matches before beating Gracheva in the opening round of the main draw.

Lucia Bronzetti, who is ranked 142nd in the world, had a solid season in 2021. She managed to reach the quarterfinals in Lausanne, Palermo and Portoroz, which were actually her first three WTA main draws.

Ashleigh Barty is the heavy favourite here, but we expect Bronzetti to make things slightly difficult. Our prediction is Over 16.5 Games at odds of 8/11 with Bet365.

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Ashleigh Barty is eyeing a second Grand Slam title when she takes on Karolina Pliskova in the final of Wimbledon 2021 on Saturday from 2pm BST.

Barty has dropped a single set in her six matches at Wimbledon 2021, which was against Carla Suarez-Navarro in the opening round. As the tournament progressed, Barty’s confidence in her physical state rose along with the lever of her tennis. She proved that in the Semi-Finals, where she was 5-3 down in the second set against Angelique Kerber, but she came back and won the set in a tiebreak. Barty has won the Roland Garros title in 2019 and she is yet to lose in a final of a Grand Slam.

Pliskova, on the other hand, is back into a Grand Slam final after five years since her first one. Karolina Pliskova has played just one seed in her route to the Wimbledon 2021 final, which was Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinals. The Czech has lost in the final of a major before, as she finished runner-up to Angelique Kerber in 2016 at the US Open.

Barty has won the previous three meetings with Pliskova and has dropped two sets in the process. We expect a close contest between these two, so our prediction is Over 21.5 Games at odds of 4/5 with Bet365.

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Ashleigh Barty and Angelique Kerber will go toe-to-toe in the first semifinal of the Wimbledon 2021 on Thursday at 13.30pm (UK Time).

Ashleigh Barty had no issues against fellow compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic in the quarter-finals, as she needed just one hour and 8 minutes to close the match 6-1,6-3. Barty has lost just one set in this edition of the Wimbledon, which was against Carla Suarez-Navarro in the opening round. Barty has been amazing this year, winning titles in Melbourne, Miami and Stuttgart.

Angelique Kerber, on the other hand, had a sloppy season on clay, but she has been a completely different player on grass. The German has won the title in Bad Homburg prior to the Wimbledon and she is now on a ten-match winning streak. Kerber faced some accessible opponents in the first three rounds of the Wimbledon, in the shape of Stojanovic, Sorribes Tormo and Sasnovich. However, things have changed in the Round of 16 when she showed her class against Gauff and Muchova. Angelique has twice reached the Wimbledon final in her career and managed to lift the trophy in 2018.

We expect a close contest between these two in-form players, so our prediction is Over 20.5 Games at the price of 17/25 with Bet365.

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World no. 1 Ashleigh Barty will not play at the 2020 US Open – and Andy Murray expects more top players to withdraw.

The US Open is scheduled to be played behind closed doors in New York from 31 August-13 September, but the WTA world no. 1 will not be leading the women’s field.

Australia’s Barty announced on Thursday that she will not be travelling to the USA for the US Open or the Western & Southern Open, the tournament to be played the week before in the same location.

Barty’s statement read:

‘My team and I have decided that we won’t be travelling to the US for the Western and Southern Open and the US Open this year.

‘I love both events so it was a difficult decision but there are still significant risks involved due to Covid-19 and I don’t feel comfortable putting my team and I in that position.

‘I wish the USTA all the best for the tournaments and look forward to being back in the US next year.’

There have been over 4.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the USA and over 150,000 deaths. It is the hardest-hit nation in the world. The state of New York alone has had over 400,000 confirmed cases and more than 30,000 deaths.

Barty was a glaring absence on the player entry list for the Western & Southern Open, and many Australian players have expressed doubts about the prospect of travelling to the USA.

 

It is rumoured that the US Open is set to announce its final decision about whether or not it is going ahead on Friday, although organizers have insisted that the tournament will happen even after the cancellation of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., due to be played two weeks before.

Andy Murray told media that he doesn’t expect Barty to be the last high-profile withdrawal.

 

Andy Murray has been in action this week at the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis event (PA Images)

 

‘I think we will see it quite a bit. I have heard some of the top male players aren’t going to play. I would expect that would be the case,’ Murray said, speaking at the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis tournament being played this week behind closed doors in Roehampton.

‘It’s everyone’s personal decision. If they don’t feel safe, and don’t feel comfortable, travelling and going there and putting themselves and their team at an increased risk, then it’s completely understandable.

‘All of the players will have some reservations and it’s whether or not you feel comfortable taking that risk. Like I said the other day, my feeling is once we are inside that bubble they created, we will be okay. It’s more the international travel, and getting there which I will be a bit concerned about it.’

The top two men’s players in the world, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, were both on the Western & Southern Open entry list, but that’s no particular guarantee that they will play. It’s certain that Gael Monfils, Fabio Fognini and Stan Wawrinka, among other significant men’s players, will not be travelling to the USA.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova are among those who have committed to play the Western & Southern Open and US Open, but world no. 2 Simona Halep remains a question mark. The Romanian recently pulled out of the Palermo Open, citing rising COVID-19 numbers in her native country and anxieties about international air travel.

Players who do not travel to the USA might still compete at the French Open, rescheduled for 27 September-11 October. Barty, who won her maiden major at Roland Garros in 2019, said that she has not yet decided whether or not to travel to defend her title.

‘I will make my decision on the French Open and the surrounding WTA European tournaments in the coming weeks,’ she said.