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Australian Open: Ash Barty triumphs in home grand slam with epic win over Danielle Collins

Ash Barty is number one in the world for a reason.

With her 6-3, 7-6(2) triumph Barty has become the first Australian to win their home grand slam in 44 years after beating the 27th seeded American Danielle Collins at Melbourne Park.

Calm, composed, an innate ability to force her opponents into uncomfortable situations, Barty found herself in one when she went 5-1 down in the second set after cruising to a one set advantage.

Collins played the role of villain to perfection, the American breaking Barty twice, feeding off the shocked silence of the homegrown crowd.

But Barty lived up to her ranking, breaking back on two counts to become the first Australian woman since Chris O’Neil in 1978 to win the women’s singles title.

Barty with her prize.
Camera IconBarty with her prize. Credit: Hamish Blair/AP

Barty’s mentor, Evonne Goolagong Cawley was on hand to present her trophy.

It was only last year Barty became the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon since Goolagong Cawley’s triumph in 1980.

“I’m a fortunate and lucky girl to have so much love in my corner,” Barty said.

“I love you guys to death.

“As an Aussie, the most important part of this tournament is being able to share it with so many people and you guys in the crowd have been nothing short of exceptional.

Barty reacts after her win.
Camera IconBarty reacts after her win. Credit: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

“This crowd is one of the most fun I’ve played in front of.

“You forced me to play my best tennis.

“This is a dream come true and I’m so glad to be an Aussie.”

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