2022 Australian Open Women’s Final Predictions
There are two women left standing. Ash Barty will play Danielle Collins for a shot at the title.
Australia will be 100% behind Barty, while Collins will attempt to ice the crowd with her blistering groundstroke game from the baseline. Collins looked unstoppable against Iga Swiatek, making the World #7 and French Open champ look ordinary in a 6-4, 6-1 drubbing. Collins attributed her amazing performance to being in the zone. Will she be in the zone against Barty?
It will be tougher to hit through Barty, who has a well-rounded game as well as experience. Barty will try to neutralize Collins’ power with her variety, her wonderful backhand slice and sheer athleticism. Nevertheless, Collins will stick to Plan A, which will be hitting the ball hard and going for the corners. She will attempt to be on the front foot during these exchanges and attempt to take time from Barty. There will be very little margin for error for Collins. She was able to play this way against Swiatek, and it will be interesting to see if she picks up where she left off.
Something else to consider in this matchup is the time each of these players has spent on court. Barty has absolutely dominated through six matches. She has not dropped a set. Every win has been comfortable and decisive. Collins on the other hand was involved in two tough three-set matches and has spent more time on the court overall.
Not only will Barty be the fresher of the two, but she will also have huge support. These two factors, along with the confidence of being world number one should be enough to carry Barty through this final. Barty wins her first Australian Open in straight sets.
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