Australian Open: The crowd at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne went absolutely berserk as they witnessed Ashleigh Barty being crowned the Australian Open champion for the very first time. This is Ash Barty’s third grand slam title.

It has been 44 years since any Australian won the title in their own backyard. Chris O’Neil did it in 1978 and since then, many including the great Hewitt tried but failed to conquer the glory.

Barty won the match in two straight sets 6-3, 6-6(7-2), and defeated Danielle Collins staging one of the most inspiring Australian Open comebacks.

She was 5-1 down in the second set but came back strong to win 7-2 in a tiebreaker. 

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WATCH THE WINNING MOMENT HERE:

A lesser-known fact about Barty is that she has been a professional cricketer too, for a short while. She was part of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) of Australia. Barty has been involved in professional tennis since she was 15. She made her Wimbledon debut in 2013 but then later in 2014 she decided to take a break from tennis to play cricket. 

 

 

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