Ashleigh Barty gallery: Barty Party in full swing as world No 1 ends Australia’s drought at Australian Open
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty won her first Grand Slam title on home soil when she overcame Danielle Collins from the United States in two sets 6-3, 7-6 to lift the Australian Open title at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Saturday. The world No 1 becomes the first Australian woman to win the tournament since 1978.
Ashleigh Barty started the tournament as a two-time Grand Slam winner and there was no question about her class in the first match as she won 11 games in a row against Lesia Tsurenko in the first round on Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park.
The road was easy for Barty as she stormed into the third round of the Australian Open for the sixth time of her career, dismantling qualifier Bronzetti.
It was again straightforward for the local hero in her third match of the season-opening Grand Slam as defeated Giorgi in straight sets to march into the fourth round.
Barty progressed to the quarter-final with another solid win over the big-hitting Anisimova as she continued her fight to restore the Australian legacy in women’s singles.
She continued her excellent winning streak against Pegula as Barty showed he wasn’t going to let the outsider take the Australian Open title.
It was all going according to plan for the Australian as she defeated the American Keys at Melbourne Park to book her spot on the final showdown.
There were no hard feelings between Barty and Keys after the match as the duo shared a nice moment after the semi-final clash.
There was elation for Barty at the end of the final as she has succeeded in protecting Australia’s legacy by winning the 2022Australian Open title to become the first Aussie woman to do so since 1978.
Your 2022 Australian Open champion Barty with the runner-up Collins after an excellent final delivered a victory for the home fans.
Her success at the Australian Open meant she became a three-time Grand Slam winner as she also won the 2019 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon title.
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