Australian Open 2022 Results: Women's Final Score and Men's Final PredictionsJanuary 29, 2022
Ashleigh Barty is the first Australian to win an Australian Open singles title since 1978.
The world No. 1 overcame American Danielle Collins to win her third major by winning 6-3, 7-6(2) in Rod Laver Arena without dropping a set.
It was an amazing two weeks of tennis for the 25-year-old Aussie, who played with dominance despite the weight of her home country on her shoulders.
Barty's win also guaranteed that she will remain world No. 1 after collecting the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup for first time.
Women's Final Score
No. 1 Ashleigh Barty def. No. 27 Danielle Collins, 6-3, 7-6(2)
Collins put a significant scare in Barty early in the second set, putting her highly favored opponent in a 1-5 hole with her powerful backhand and opportune serves.
But Barty battled back with her signature backhand, taking the set to a tie-breaker where she ended the 44-year drought for Australia.
With the win, Barty now has a major title on three different surfaces.
After being presented the trophy by her mentor and Australian tennis legend, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Barty soaked in the gravity of the moment.
"It's been one of my favourite experiences," Barty said before thanking the fans and her family. "I think as an Aussie the most important part of this tournament has been being able to share it with so many people, like you guys today in the crowd have been nothing short of exceptional. You relaxed me and forced me to play my best tennis.
"This is just a dream come true. I'm so proud to be an Aussie."
Next up for Barty is the French Open, which was the site of her first Grand Slam win in 2019.
Men's Final Prediction
Before the Australian Open began, all of the media oxygen was dedicated to Novak Djokovic and the saga around whether or not he'd be allowed to play.
But just two weeks later, no one is thinking of the world's No. 1 player, as this tournament is now a comeback story for Rafael Nadal.
The 35-year-old Spaniard has battled back from a career-threatening foot injury to make it to Sunday's final against Daniil Medvedev.
And all that's on the line is history.
If Nadal wins, he'll be the first man ever to win 21 Grand Slam titles.
But getting past the 10 years younger Medvedev won't be easy.
In their head-to-head matchups, Nadal leads 3-1, but the two haven't faced each other since November 2020. Medvedev won that encounter, and since then he has made the final of the 2021 Australian Open and won the 2021 U.S. Open.
This is why fans love sports: the chance to witness the seemingly impossible.
To see Nadal's redemption after all he's been through would be a time-stamp moment for the sport of tennis.
Prediction: Nadal def. Medvedev in five sets