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15 THINGS ASHLEIGH BARTY ACHIEVED AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN THIS YEAR

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From improving to 3-0 in Grand Slam finals to ending a 44-year drought for a home champion at the Australian Open, Barty’s resume just kept growing in Melbourne this year.

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty’s career resume has been growing and growing over the last few years, and now it’s kicking into overdrive—here are just 15 of the things the 2019 Roland Garros, 2021 Wimbledon and 2022 Australian Open champion achieved at her home major this year:

She’s the first Australian, male or female, to win the Australian Open since 1978. Chris O’Neil was the last home champion, winning the women’s title that year.

She held 55 of 58 service games en route to the title. Only two players broke Barty in Melbourne—Amanda Anisimova once in the fourth round and Danielle Collins twice in the final.

She’s now held 90 of her last 93 service games. She held her last 35 service games en route to winning the lead-up event in Adelaide, too.

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She’s one of only five active players, male or female, to have won Grand Slam titles on hard, clay and grass. And she’s in some pretty cool company—the other four players are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.

She’s one of only seven active players, male or female, to have won three of the four Grand Slams. It’s the same group as above—the Big 3, Serena and Barty—but add in Stan Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber.

She’s now on an 11-match winning streak. It’s tied for the second-longest winning streak of her career, having also won 11 matches in a row between Miami and Madrid in 2019. Her longest winning streak was 15 matches in a row between Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2019.

She’s on a 22-set winning streak, too. She was down 6-4, 4-2 against Coco Gauff in her first match of the year in Adelaide, but she won that one, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, and hasn’t lost another set since. She actually hasn’t even faced a set point in any set since losing that first set to Gauff.

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Not only has Barty won 22 of her last 23 matches against Top 30 players, she’s won 17 of her last 18 against Top 20 players and 12 of her last 13 against Top 10 players.

She ended the longest drought of the four Grand Slams for a home champion. The 44-year wait was twice as long as the next-longest wait for a home champion—it’s been 22 years since a French player won Roland Garros (Mary Pierce in 2000). For the other two majors it’s much, much shorter, with a Brit winning Wimbledon six years ago (Andy Murray) and an American winning the US Open five years ago (Sloane Stephens).

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She’s now won 28 of her last 31 matches in Australia. Since Adelaide the week before the Australian Open in 2020, her only three losses on home soil came against Sofia Kenin (2020 Australian Open SFs), Karolina Muchova (2021 Australian Open QFs) and Collins (2021 Adelaide 2nd Rd).

She’s now won 22 of her last 23 matches against Top 30 players, a stretch that dates back to last February. The only loss in that span came to then-No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka in last year’s Madrid final, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.

She’s now won 9 of her last 10 finals, which dates back to October 2019. The only loss in that span was the same match, against Sabalenka in the 2021 Madrid final.

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She’s the sixth woman in the Open Era to go 3-0 in their first three Grand Slam finals. She joins Virginia Wade (won first three), Monica Seles (won first six), Lindsay Davenport (won first three), Jennifer Capriati (won first three) and Naomi Osaka (won first four) in that group.

She’s the first three-time Grand Slam champion from Australia since Evonne Goolagong. Five other Australians—Rod Laver, John Newcombe, Ken Rosewall, Margaret Court and Goolagong—have won three or more majors in the Open Era, but they all did it in the first 12 years of the Open Era between 1968 and 1980.

She’s one of only three women in the last 20 years to win the Australian Open without dropping a set. Maria Sharapova did it in 2008 and Serena did it in 2017.

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