Ashley Party became the first Australian player to win the women’s singles title since 1978, defeating Daniel Collins 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) in the women’s singles final of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday. Party, 25, has not given up a single set on his way to the third Grand Slam title of his career (2021 Wimbledon, 2019 French Open).
At Saturday’s championship, the party won the first set against American Collins in just 32 minutes, but retreated from defeat 1-5 seconds to win the tiebreaker. Despite being just 5-5, the party was a great server and finished 10 passes (Compared to one ace of Collins in the match) and won 82 percent of his first serve points (compared to 63 percent of Collins). At the tiebreak, the party won seven of the nine points and attacked the winner of the forehand passing shot for the championship point.
“It’s a dream come true for me. I’m so proud to be an Aussie.” The party said in its post-match interview. “As an Aussie, the most important part of this match was being able to share it with so many people. There is nothing to be ashamed of in the crowd today. This crowd is so much fun in the game I played. Before and you brought me so much joy today.”
Collins, 28, was a two-time NCAA singles champion at the University of Virginia. Collins made progress in the professional rounds at the 2019 Australian Open, where he reached the semifinals after beating world No. 2 Angelique Gerber in the fourth round. On the way to this year’s championship, Collins defeated 2020 French Open winner Iga Swedek in the semifinals. Following Saturday’s final – Collins’ first Grand Slam final – he will now go inside Top 10 Rankings for WomenWhich signifies a career advancement.
Path to the final:
Party (No. 1 seed)
R1: def. Lesia Surenko, 6-0, 6-1
R2: def. Lucia Broncetti, 6-1, 6-1
R3: def. No. 30 Camila Giorgi, 6-2, 6-3
R4: def. Amanda Anisimova, 6-4, 6-3
QF: def. No. 21 Jessica Begula, 6-2, 6-0
SF: def. Madison Keys, 6-1, 6-3
Collins (No. 27 seed)
R1: def. Carolyn Tolhide, 6-1, 6-3
R2: def. Ana Konchu, 6-4, 6-3
R3: def. Clara Dowson, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
R4: def. No. 19 Elise Mertens, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
QF: def. Alizé Cornet, 7-5, 6-1
SF: def. OK. 7 Iga Switek, 6-4, 6-1
Rafael Nadal and Danil Medvedev meet on Sunday in the men’s final. Sixth seed Nadal hopes to win his 21st Grand Slam title and break the three-tiered tie with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, while No. 2 seed Medvedev wants to follow him. 2021 US Open win And won his second career Grand Slam.
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