Ashleigh Barty Joins Venus and Serena Williams in a Rare Record Following Her Groundbreaking Run at Australian Open 2022

Published 01/27/2022, 7:46 AM EST
Aug 19, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) celebrates winning her match against Victoria Azarenka (BLR, not pictured) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Today, Ashleigh Barty, the no.1 player in the world, has reached her first-ever Australian Open final. She did it in a dominant fashion by beating Madison Keys of the United States in straight sets. We have seen this level of dominance only from Venus and Serena Williams in their prime. After reaching the final today, Barty again proved why she is no.1 in the world and the favorite for the title. 

The Australian didn’t lose many games en route to the final (and dropped no sets at all). She almost created a new record, still held by Serena and Venus Williams at the Grand Slam tournaments. 

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Ashleigh Barty matches the dominance of Venus & Serena Williams

Barty is in devastating form at the moment. Today, in the semi-final, she absolutely destroyed the powerful Madison Keys. She won that match in 1 hour and 2 minutes by a 6-1,6-3 scoreline.

Meanwhile, Barty has only dropped 21 games so far in the whole tournament. Still, Serena Williams holds the record of losing the fewest games at a Grand Slam tournament. According to OptaAce, Serena lost only 16 games at the US Open 2013. Before that, she only lost 19 games in the 2012 US Open as well to reach the final. Also, Venus Williams lost only 20 games to reach the 2009 Wimbledon final. 

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Serena won both in the 2013 and 2012 US Open final, but Venus lost to Serena in the 2009 Wimbledon final. The dominance of the Williams sisters is well documented around the world. Now, Barty’s dominance is also no mean feat, as she reached the final without dropping a single set.

Barty is on a record-breaking run at the Australian Open

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Ash Barty is still unbeaten in 2022 after reaching her first Australian Open final today. She was already on a streak for the most consecutive service games held. Unfortunately, Amanda Anisimova broke her streak in the fourth round. Still, Barty’s dominance in this tournament is pretty impressive.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 25, 2022 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her quarter final match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. REUTERS/Morgan Sette

Now, Barty will face either Iga Swiatek or Danielle Collins in the final on Saturday. No matter who she faces in the final, she will be the favorite to win the title. 

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How impressive is Barty’s form at the moment? Can she win her first Australian Open title?

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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