Ash Barty walks out to a roaring crowd as she takes on American Danielle Collins in the women’s Australian Open final and attempts to become the first Aussie woman in 44 years to win her home Grand Slam
- Ash Barty takes on American Danielle Collins in final of the Australian Open
- The world No. 1 is hoping to become first Aussie to win the Slam in 44 years
- Saturday’s match up pits Collin’s power hitting up against Barty precision
Ash Barty is hoping to break a 44-year hoodoo by becoming the first home-grown talent to win the Australian Open.
The 25-year-old world No. 1 is facing off against American underdog Danielle Collins in the Grand Slam final at Melbourne Park’s Rod Laver Arena, in a match up she’s expected to dominate.
Australia’s queen of the court breezed through her competition at this year’s tournament, winning all six lead-up matches in straight sets.
In contrast, the 27th seed had some hard fought battles on the way to the final but blasted through her opponents with her massive serve and trademark power hitting from the baseline.
Aussie fans packed into the arena at 80 per cent capacity under Victoria’s Covid rules, roared as Barty took centre court.
If successful, the top seed would become the first Aussie to win the tournament since Chris O’Neil in 1978.
She’s the first Australian woman to make the final since Wendy Turnbull in 1980 and the last Aussie to make an appearance since Lleyton Hewitt in the 2005 men’s final.
More to come.