Australian Open 2022: Ashleigh Barty and Danielle Collins in the final!

Ashleigh Barty has won twenty-four of her last twenty-six games and only needed the third set on three occasions

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Australian Open 2022: Ashleigh Barty and Danielle Collins in the final!

Ashleigh Barty has won twenty-four of her last twenty-six games and only needed the third set on three occasions. The world number one, fresh from the title in Adelaide in the first week of the season, wins the final at the Australian Open with a surreal 72-21 run.

Better only Steffi Graf in 1986, who had found a place in the final (obviously before winning the tournament) leaving the road overall Leaving little room for interpretations even the 6-1 6-3 against Madison Keys, a player with a brilliant tennis and a certain power from the baseline.

Little to do even for the American, who cannot find valid countermeasures to the variations, angles, imagination and precision of the hostess. Ash also becomes the first since 1980 to bring the Australian flag back to the final after Wendy Turnbull.

We have to rewind the tape of two others to find champion Chris O’Neil instead. Danielle Collins has exploited a mostly poor portion in a practically perfect way. She knocked down Elise Mertens' stamina in the round of 16, avoided Simona Halep in the quarterfinals (condensing the vast majority of problems in the heart of the first set against Alize Cornet) and she had no problem solving Iga Swiatek's practice, which just wins three of the twenty-one points available with the second ball and that never manages to become really dangerous in response.

The American, who always keeps her head ahead during the first se, totally spreads in the second and seals her success at 6-4 6-1. On the Rod Laver Arena she will obviously play the first final in a Slam tournament, overall the third in the WTA Tour.

The last (and only) previous of the two dates back to exactly twelve months ago. Forced to retire on an almost desperate scoring situation (3-6 1-3) due to a muscle problem, the American tennis player, who by winning the tournament would overtake Ons Jabeur from the tenth place of the ranking.

Yesterday matches and men's singels matches

Daniil Medvedev had recovered two sets of disadvantage in a Grand Slam tournament in only one case. For the second he probably chose the best moment and the most suggestive stage.

The seeding number two somehow manages to catch up with Felix Auger Aliassime and at least sit on the table of the top four at the Australian Open 2022, for the second consecutive year. The Canadian, again forced to play the part of the beautiful loser, wastes a match point in the fourth and simplistically loses all the most important points.

At the threshold of five hours of play, the 7-6 (5) 6-3 6-7 (2) 7-5 6-4 final is a manifesto. Stefanos Tsitsipas overtook Jannik Sinner for 6-3 6-4 6-2 who matures on the threshold of two and ten hours of play leaves little room for interpretation and will now face Daniil Medvedev.

Rafael Nadal reached the semifinal on the Melbourne Park at the Australian Open 2022 for the seventh time in his career as Ivan Lendl. The Spanish champion keeps Denis Shapovalov at bay for two and a half sets before accusing problems.

He hits the double digits with double faults, lacks breath and strength during the fourth, but sips his energy in a practically perfect way in the final rush and after just over four hours he takes advantage of the Canadian's carelessness.

Evidently conditioned by circumstances, evidently terrified of victory. This is the difference. Nadal thus reaches the thirty-seventh Grand Slam semifinal since 2005 and from a rather privileged position he waits for Matteo Berrettini, who defeated Gael Monfils after 5 struggled and incredible sets.

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