Friday, May 20, 2022

Latest: Barty wins first set in Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – ( Associated Press) – Latest (all time local) at the Australian Open on Saturday:

8:20 pm

Ash Barty has won the first set in the Australian Open final against Danielle Collins and is potentially one more set away from ending a 44-year drought for Australian women at her home Grand Slam.

Top-ranked Barty saved a break point in the fifth game and then broke the American’s serve in 32 minutes on her way to set 6-3. The 27 seeded Collins is playing her first major final.

Barty won Wimbledon last year and the French Open in 2019. Her goal is to become the first Australian woman since Chris O’Neill in 1978 to win the Australian singles title.

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at 6 pm

Top seed Bruno Kuzuhara of the United States has added the Australian Open junior singles title to his maiden doubles title under incredible conditions at Melbourne Park.

Kuzuhara defeated fourth seed Jakob Mensik 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 7-5 in a match that lasted 3 hours 43 minutes and the Czech player ended with a severe convulsion that made him barely serve. allowed to continue.

The 33-point rally won by Kuzuhara in the previous game seemed to spell the end for Mensik, who fell on the court several times with convulsions, ending with a pair of double faults, and taking him out of Rod Laver Arena. fell. wheelchair.

17-year-old Kuzuhara has Japanese heritage, was born in Brazil and moved with his parents to America when he was an infant.

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In his acceptance speech, he thanked his family and friends in England, in America, and added his thanks in Portuguese and Japanese as well.

“First of all, it’s an unfortunate way to win,” he said during the trophy presentation. “It was a great fight. We pushed each other to the end.”

To Mencic he said: “Great match. If you’re looking inside, thanks man.”

Florida-based Kujuhara won the junior boys’ doubles title at the Australian Open with Hong Kong’s Coleman Wong – defeating Paraguayan Americans Alex Michelson and Adolfo Daniel Vallejo 6–3, 7–6(3).

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1:30 pm

Top seed Petra Marcinko is the Australian Open girls’ champion.

The 16-year-old Croatian opened the game on Day 13 at Rod Laver Arena by defeating eighth seed Sofia Costoula of Belgium 7-5, 6-1 in the junior singles final.

In the boys’ championship match, top seed Bruno Kuzuhara of the United States was playing fourth seed Jakob Mencic of the Czech Republic.

17-year-old Kuzuhara has Japanese heritage, was born in Brazil and moved with his parents to America when he was an infant. Florida-based Kujuhara has already won the junior boys’ doubles title at the Australian Open with Hong Kong’s Coleman Wong – defeating Paraguayan Americans Alex Michelson and Adolfo Daniel Vallejo 6–3, 7–6(3).

The junior girls’ doubles title was also decided – US’s Klarvy Ngounu and Russian Diana Schneider beat Canadians Kayla Krauss and Victoria Moboko 6-4, 6-3.

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Ash Barty and Danielle Collins were to play in a one night match in the women’s singles final.

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11:45 am

The junior boys’ and girls’ finals were first at Rod Laver Arena, with Ash Barty and Danielle Collins taking center stage in the women’s singles final later in the day.

In the boys’ championship match, top seed Bruno Kuzuhara of America will take on fourth seed Jakob Mencic of the Czech Republic.

Kuzuhara, 17, was born in Brazil, but moved to the US with his Japanese parents when he was an infant. Florida-based Kuzuhara has already won the junior boys’ doubles title with Hong Kong’s Coleman Wong – defeating Paraguayan Americans Alex Michelson and Adolfo Daniel Vallejo 6–3, 7–6(3).

The junior girls’ doubles title was also decided – US’s Klarvy Ngounu and Russian Diana Schneider beat Canadians Kayla Krauss and Victoria Moboko 6-4, 6-3.

After the Barty–Collins singles championship match, an All-Australian lineup takes place in the men’s doubles final. The crowd-pleasing and so-called “special K” team – Thanasi Kokinakis and Nick Kyrgios, play Matt Ebden and Max Purcell.

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