That’s a wrap on the 2022 Australian Open. Ash Barty became the first Australian woman to win the AO since 1978! In Saturday’s singles final, Barty beat Danielle Collins, 6-3 7-6 (2) to win her first Australian Open and third Slam. Read on for my notes from the final in the last MTB post for the AO 2022.
Final stories 📚
I always find Slam finals a bit of a blur so I had to go back and watch some of the key points again. As you would expect, both players were clearly nervous at the start of the match. The first set pretty much came down to the break point conversions. Both Barty and Collins had a lone break point and on a second serve. Barty landed an instinctive forehand winner while Collins double faulted. As ever, Barty relied on her serve in the first set, winning 15 of 16 points behind her first serve.
Collins went up an early break in the second set and began to vocalise which felt like something she needed to do after a quiet opener. Barty missed a break back point opportunity with a miscued volley and then really went into her shell. The first serve disappeared. Collins went up 5-1 in the second set and was two points from forcing a decider. I thought the set was over…
Slowly but surely, Barty got her feet going, improved the depth on her groundstrokes and found the forehand. Collins served for the set at *5-1 and *5-3. In the second of those games, I thought Barty played a sensational return game. Into the tiebreak and Barty raced out into a lead and never relinquished control. I can’t even comprehend how Barty managed to stay in the present from 1-5 down in the second set and then maintain her composure at the end. I was losing my siht just watching 😂.
And that reaction at the end. It was so different to when she won Wimbledon. I love to see that emotion because Ash is mostly a closed book on court. The build-up of everything through the two weeks and in this final. The relief. And then going over to hug Casey! 😭
This was a sensational tournament from Collins who is now in the top ten! Who knows what would have happened if Collins had managed to get that early break in the first set or win the second set. A match of such fine margins. Barty has now won a Slam on all three surfaces and further cements her standing as the world number one. An amazing tournament, no sets dropped. Superstar.
Super snap 📸
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Evonne handing the trophy to Ash!!! Lovely speech too from Danielle.
Final stats: 1/1 on TDC
Final thoughts 🤔
There’s always a slight sense of relief when the AO draws to a close because, from a selfish point of view, it’s the most difficult one for me to follow. I will definitely miss it next week. The AO always helps to pass the time through the darkness of January.
Not gonna lie, the second week matches have been a letdown for the most part. My favourite memories of the tournament were Alizé Cornet reaching her first Slam quarter-final and *that* interview with Jelena Dokic. Favourite match was definitely Anisimova-Osaka. Main takeaway from AO 2022 will always be Ash Barty winning at home. I’d say Ash is my favourite player these days so I was thrilled with the result!
AO 2022 in the books. Thanks for reading 🙂.
4 thoughts on “2022 Australian Open Final Notes: Ash Barty wins at home!”
So happy with this result! Thanks for all your updates. I always come back after each round to have a read of your thoughts haha! What are your thoughts from the remaining 3 Grand Slams?
Pre-2022 my Slam predictions were Muguruza-Barty-Swiatek-Osaka but now that Barty has won AO, I’m thinking…
French Open: 1st time GS finalist/Muguruza/Swiatek
US Open: Osaka
Thanks, Vithun. Thoughts at the moment…
French Open: Sticking with my pre-2022 pick which was Halep. Also like Muguruza, Swiatek and Badosa.
US Open: This was my wild pick. I went for Tauson pre-2022 and also considered Anisimova. Osaka would be my safer pick.
Congratulations to Iga who’s just won her second WTA 1000 title this year at Indian Wells, beating Maria (Sakkari) 6-4, 6-1. She now becomes the new No 2, equalling Aga as the highest ever ranked Polish player.
Wow, what a run for Iga! She’s been so much more aggressive these past two tournaments. Number 2 is well deserved.