The first Grand Slam of the Year will get its new female champion this season. The world number one women single player, Ashleigh Barty from Australia will face American, Daniel Collis in the finals on Saturday.
The two time Grand Slam champion and the world number one female player, Ashleigh Barty played the semi finals on Thursday against Medison keys from America. That was the one sided encounter. Barty wom it by 6-1 and 6-3. In the 62 minute long battle, Barty scored 5 ace and took advantage of the the four break point. Barty became the first female player from Australia to reach the finals of the Australian Open after 42 years. Back in 1980 Wendy made a place in the finals.
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Barty and Collins have played four times, and Barty has won three. Two of those wins were in three sets, and Collins won their most recent match, in Australia last year, in straights. So they have had their battles. The world number one has lost just 21 games to reach her maiden final at Melbourne Park and is primed to become the first local since Chris O’Neil in 1978 to win the Australian Open.
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Collins, ranked 30th in the world, will break into the top 10 when the rankings are updated on Monday. She is hopeful she can finally realise her full potential after undergoing surgery last April to have a cyst the size of a tennis ball removed. She became the third straight U.S. finalist after Jennifer Brady last year and Sofia Kenin in 2020.