Australian Open: Barty Party in Melbourne – Kyrgios / Kokkinakis crown double

Ashleigh Barty is fair to her favorite role and wins the Australian Open by a two-point victory in the final over the American Danielle Collins. It is the first home win down Under since 1978. The crowd pleasers Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have crowned their double show meanwhile with the surprising title win.

When the decades of suffering in the Rod Laver under deafening jubilation came to an end, Ashleigh Barty also dropped any restraint. The number one of the tennis world threw his head in his neck and rolled out her joy as her joy – the immense expectation of a whole nation fell off her shoulders and the large Barty party in Melbourne could start. For the first time since 44 years, the proud sports nation Australia again represents a winner at the home Grand Slam.

“That’s just a dream that has come true. I’m so proud to be aussie,” said Barty after 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 2) against the US Surprise Danielle Collins. From the hands of your great idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley, even four-time Australian Open winner and how Barty with indigenous roots, she took radiantly the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.

As emotional as after the matchball, the 25-year-old from Queensland was not experienced in any of their Grand Slam titles – neither in 2019 at the premiere victory at the French Open, nor in the previous year at the classic in Wimbledon. But already with her winner’s speech on the Court, Barty again showed all this modesty for whom the Australians love their “Ash”.

They congratulated Collins, thanked organizers, referees, ball children as well as fans, and pointed loving words to their parents and sisters on the tribune. Her own outstanding achievements did not want to lose words in the greatest moment of her career. “I have such a luck that so many people are here, who love and support me,” Barty said stirred.

Barty vs. Collins: Smooth first, tight second sentence

In the Rod Laver Arena, the cheers of the nearly 12,000 fans knew no boundaries, in front of the stadium, thousands celebrated without a ticket their heroine. On the grandstand, Legend Rod Laver and Christine O’Neil, who had triumphed at the home game in 1978, were also raised on the grandstand.

In her third Grand Slam Final, Barty had always been nervous to be noticed after being briefed to form formerly through the tournament. With cleverness and variability, however, she first countered Collins’ Power.

But even after the lost first sentence, the number 30 of the world did not lie loose, also favors simple mistakes Bartys even 5: 1 in the lead and hit the sentence win. But then Barty turned on and was no longer braked with the frenetic audience in the back.

Since the first day of the tournament, Barty had been the great favorite, a whole nation awaited the title – a pressure she had not always kept in her career. After the US Open 2014 she had burned out a break, professionally played in the home cricket and found the fun of sport again.

Barty dominates the top of the world rankings

2020 As well as at the end of the past season, Barty also took longer breaks to spend more time during the Corona pandemic with her family. From these spending Barty pulls a lot of strength, on Monday she goes into her 113rd week as the leader of the world ranking – only six players managed more.

Collins, however, missed her first major title in her first major finale. But even the strong appearances in Melbourne are the greatest success of their career – because in recent years, the 28-year-old had struggled with two chronic diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and endometriosis. Despite the defeat, it will move into the top 10 of the ranking for the first time from Monday and be placed as the best American.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis win in Melbourne

The two Australian wildcard starters who had given the competition with their entertaining and emotional performances an unimagined attention gained on Saturday the final against their compatriots Matthew Ebgen and Max Purcell with 7: 5, 6: 4.

For Kyrgios and Kokkinakis it was the first Grand Slam title – and for Australia the second tennis highlight within a few hours. In front of the double finale in the Rod Laver Arena, Ashleigh Barty had won the first Australian since 1978 the individual title in Melbourne.

Ashleigh Barty v Danielle Collins Full Match (Final) | Australian Open 2022

For the first time since 1980 four Australians had made the title among themselves in the double final of the home Grand Slam. With their unconventional performances, the two friends Kyrgios and Kokkinakis had taken care of their matches for grandiose mood. The transmitting TV channel Nine also reported extremely high power rates down under for double ratios.

On their way, the “Special KS” had turned off four set teams, next to the top-set Duo Nikola Mektic / Mate Pavic (Croatia) also in the quarter-finals the German double specialist Tim Pütz (Frankfurt / Main) and its New Zealand partner Michael Venus. The wild and also provocative art, especially by Kyrgios, not only got well. Pütz spoke of “unsportable” behavior, Venus attested Kyrgios “the maturity of a ten-year-old”.

The idiosyncratic Kyrgios had to go to a special mission in Melbourne after their own statement. The 26-year-old from Canberra, also referred to as Bad Boy of Tennis and slipped in the single world rankings on 115 # 115 slipped, his compatriots wanted to make his compatriots happy and well entertained for the enormous corona-strapaces.

Australian Open: The winners of the last 20 years

2003: Serena Williams (USA)

2004: Justine Henin Hardene (Belgium)

2005: Serena Williams (USA)

2006: Amelie Mauresmo (France)

2007: Serena Williams (USA)

2008: Maria Scharapowa (Russia)

2009: Serena Williams (USA)

2010: Serena Williams (USA)

2011: Kim Clijsters (Belgium)

2012: Viktoria Azarenka (Belarus)

2013: Viktoria Azarenka (Belarus)

2014: Li Na (China)

2015: Serena Williams (USA)

2016: Angelique Kerber (Kiel)

2017: Serena Williams (USA)

2018: Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)

2019: Naomi Osaka (Japan)

2020: Sofia Kenin (USA)

2021: Naomi Osaka (Japan)

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