Australian Open Betting Odds: Barty savours historic success

Ashleigh Barty (4/1 to win Wimbledon 2022) says is is a “dream come true” after becoming the first home winner of the Australian Open women’s singles in 44 years by beating Danielle Collins 6-3 7-6 (7-2) in Saturday’s final at the Rod Laver Arena.

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World number one Barty has become the first Australian man or woman to lift the singles title in Melbourne since Chris O’Neil in 1978, and she did so without dropping a set at the tournament.

That being said, the 25-year-old was made to work hard for her success over Collins, battling back from 5-1 down during the second set to seal what is the third Grand Slam title of her career, following on from her French Open victory in 2019 and last year’s Wimbledon triumph.

It is certainly a victory the Queensland native plans to cherish, but she has also signalled her intent to continue challenging for Grand Slam titles, with the US Open now the only one of the big four events she is yet to win.

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“I am a little stumped, I would love to thank everyone who does so much work behind the scenes – it takes a real big village to put on an event like this, this tournament has been one of my favourite experiences, so thank you so much for that,” Barty told reporters on court.

“This is a dream come true to me and I am so proud to be an Aussie, so thank you so much everyone – we will see you next time!”

Barty has also backed Collins (66/1 to win French Open 2022), who was appearing in her first Grand Slam final less than a year after undergoing endometriosis surgery, to bounce back from the disappointment of losing and challenge for many more major titles in the future.

“Thank you everyone so much, I have to say congratulations to Danielle, it has been an amazing fortnight for you, I know you will be fighting for many more of these in the future,” she added.

Sunday will see the men’s final take centre stage, with Rafael Nadal bidding to win a record 21st Grand Slam title when he takes on US Open champion Daniil Medvedev (Nadal 13/8, Medvedev 1/2 – Match Result).

Nadal is currently level with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam successes, but he can move clear at the top of the all-time list if he claims his second Australian Open title on Sunday.

However, the 35-year-old is not thinking about breaking records and is instead focused on delivering a strong showing against his Russian opponent.

“For me it’s all about the Australian Open more than anything else. It’s an amazing event,” Nadal told reporters.

“I’ve been unlucky with a few injuries. I was close a couple of times. I never thought about another chance in 2022.”

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