Surprise opponent for Ash as she bid to win a first AO for Australia in 40 plus years.Danielle Collins overcoming Iga Swiatek in her semi. Barty continued where she left off in her semi with Keys, nice strong first serves. Check out 2-2(30-15), right from the moment the ball left the racquet, the Aussie was in control of the point. That fifth game proved pivotal in the context of the set as Ash saved break point at advantage Collins on deuce. Again the serve coming to the fore. From there Barty kicked on winning four of the next five games to seal the set win 6-3. Danielle’s biggest asset is her movement on court. Watch 3-2(30-30), commendable effort to keep the Barty forehand cross court in play although the point was ultimately lost.
Barty lost her way in the second set, at least the start of it. The Collins serve to be honest was just as good as the Aussies in this match.First game second set 15-15, low ,flat making it hard for the returner, Ash scrambling just to keep the ball above the net. First break won by Collins, 1-0(30-40). I can’t say this was a poor serve by Ash more than I can say a great return by Collins. The return deep into the corner of Ash’s court and from there she was in trouble. There were opportunities for Barty to break back immediately particularly at 2-0 Collins but she didn’t take it. By 5-1, a double break up, the American looked box office for the set win, having silenced the Aussie crowd. Danielle’s two handed backhand doing most of the damage. Then the pendulum swung Barty’s way. Losing her serve serving to close out at 5-1 was Danielle’s death knell.
Doubt started creeping into her mind and she made mistakes. Couple that with ,what I think is Barty’s best tennis of the tournament those next six games, it was a bad end to the match for Collins. Watch 5-3(30-15) a masterclass in groundstroke play by the Aussie pinning Collins to one side of the court then boom the winner on the other. To the breaker we went. Barty 2-0 up with the mini break needed a solid hold and got them. Check out the crisp one two punch. She never looked back did the Aussie to seal a first AO title 7-2 in the breaker. She did it without dropping a single set. Remarkable.