Tennis: Ashleigh Barty wins her first Australian Open

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, the first Australian to win in Melbourne since Chris O’Neill in 1978, won her first Australian Open on Saturday 29 January. The young woman thus won her third major title at the age of 25 after Roland-Garros in 2019 and Wimbledon in 2021, and her first at home.

She became the only active player to win a Major on all surfaces (hard, grass and clay) alongside Serena Williams.

four match points

Without playing really well or dominating the first six rounds, she won the final in two sets (6-3, 7-6) against American Daniel Collins, world No. 30. In the first set, he saved only one break point which he conceded and converted the only one he made for himself, packing the set in 32 minutes. She went through a slump at the start of the second innings and dropped her face twice.

Backed 5-1 by an unexpected number of unforced errors and double faults, they still managed to come back to 5-5. Danielle Collins managed to take the match to a tie-break but Ashleigh Barty quickly took advantage, giving herself four match points and finishing first.

Ashleigh Barty was attending her 9And Australian Open and never progressed beyond the semi-finals. To win the title, she defeated four Americans in her last four matches: Amanda Anisimova 8. InAndJessica Pegula in the quarters, Madison Keys in the semifinals and Collins in the finals. To win his maiden Major at Roland-Garros in 2019, he beat the same four players.

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A thousand T-shirts during the final on Saturday “Where is Peng Shuai? » It was also distributed to spectators by activists to draw attention to the fate of the Chinese tennis champion, who has not appeared since 22 December.

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