Australia’s Ash Barty is expecting a fight when she meets American Danielle Collins in the Australian Open 2022 women’s singles final.
Ash Barty is one win away from winning her first Australian Open women’s singles title.
In her path stands Danielle Collins, No. 27, an opponent Barty knows will not be easy.
“She’s one of the fiercest competitors out there,” Barty said. “She likes to get in your face and likes to really tackle it.”
Although Barty leads their head-to-head record, they have a history of fierce competition.
|Ash Barty vs. Danielle Collins
|2019||Madrid||Third round||Clay||Barty won 6-1 1-6 6-1|
|2019||Roland Garros||Second round||Clay||Barty won 7-5 6-1|
|2020||Adelaide||Semifinal||Hard||Barty won 3-6 6-1 7-6 (5)|
|2021||Adelaide||Second round||Hard||Collins won 6-3 6-4|
Collins advanced to her first Grand Slam final and is now looking forward to the opportunity to test herself against world No. 1.
“I think we played every time we played, and it was some really fun games,” Collins said.
“Even the games I lost were some of my most memorable moments on the track, due to the way we struggled and went back and forth.”
The world No. 30, which is unbeaten in tour-level finals, has a lot of respect for the top-ranked Australian.
“Something I really admire about Ash’s game is her variety, you know, of playing a different style of play than almost all the players on tour,” Collins remarked.
“There is not too much that uses the cutting back hand as she does, and the big one serves as she does.
“Hopefully we’ll have another fight and put on a good show for everyone.”
The 28-year-old American, whose previous best Australian Open result reached the semi-finals with his debut in 2019, knows it will be difficult to face the Australian favorite.
Yet Collins is not afraid to play in front of a patriotic crowd.
“It’s something I really thrive on, whether I have a full crowd for me and whether I have the opposite or somewhere in the middle,” said Collins, whose fitness coach and partner Tom Couch, a former AFL player and the son is. of Geelong legend Paul Couch.
“I really just love the energy. I think this is what all professional athletes play for. I’m just really excited to go there and compete.
“I realize there are going to be a lot of people who support Ash, (but) it’s all in good spirits.”
The Australian Open 2022 women’s singles final is played tonight at Rod Laver Arena and starts at 19:30 AEDT.
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