Jan 29, 2022
By Steve Kee
Ashleigh Barty has ended a four decade-old drought for Australian women at the Australian Open.
Barty won early this morning 6-3, 7-6 over Danielle Collins.
She won the first set with one service break but was down 5-1 in the second set after dropping serve in the second and sixth games. Collins had two chances to serve for the set but was broken both times.
Barty was the first Australian woman into the singles final of the Australian Open since Wendy Turnbull in 1980 and is now the first Australian champion since Chris O’Neil in 1978.
The 25-year-old Barty now has major titles on three surfaces, adding the hard court at Melbourne Park to her win on grass at Wimbledon last year and on clay at the French Open in 2019.