Ashleigh Barty Joins Tennis Royalty

Ashleigh Barty joined tennis royalty’s most exclusive club with a Grand Slam crown on three different surfaces after she won the Australian Open on Saturday, 29 January 2022. Photo: Ash Barty (Twitter)

Ashleigh Barty joined tennis royalty’s most exclusive club with a Grand Slam crown on three different surfaces after she won the Australian Open on Saturday, 29 January 2022.

The 25-year-old defeated Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) after she bounced back from 1-5 down in the second set.

Barty is now the first home champion in 44 years and says that she is humbled by her achievement.

“I feel very humble to be in such a select group. To be honest, I don’t really feel like I belong with those champions of our sport,” she revealed to media after her match.

“I’m still very much learning and trying to refine my craft and try and learn every single day and get better and better.”

The world number one told reporters that becoming the first Australian to win her home Grand Slam since Chris O’Neill in 1978 was hard to compare with her French and Wimbledon Open crowns.

“They are all very different, all very different stages of my life. I think to be able to have this feeling and experience this a few times over, I just understand how fortunate I am to be able to experience that because not many people get to do that.

“I think it’s just been an incredible journey over this past 20 years of hitting a tennis ball but particularly the last five or six years in this second phase of my career,” she concluded.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Ashleigh Barty joined tennis royalty’s most exclusive club with a Grand Slam crown on three different surfaces after she won the Australian Open on Saturday, 29 January 2022. Photo: Ash Barty (Twitter)

 

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