By a staff reporter : Ashleigh Barty (25) ended Australia’s 44 year wait for a home winner at the Australian Open when the world number one staved off a fightback from American Danielle Collins to complete a 6-3 7-6(2) win on Saturday and pick up her third Grand Slam title.
Last Aussie tennis player was Chris O’Neil who won Australian Open back in 1978. Fortunately, today when Ash Barty won the Australian Open Chris was there in the stand. Crowds were flooded in Rod Laver Arena. The volcano of joy erupted when Barty converted her first match point with a forehand crosscourt winner.
When Collins appeared to be on the verge of levelling the match as she served at 5-1, the Australian showed nerves of steel and raised her game. Barty got the set back on serve and then dominated the tiebreak to complete a memorable comeback that left the home nation rejoicing all over Australia. The victory also gave Barty her third major title after French Open in 2019 and Wimbledon in 2021 and her 15th career title.