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Ash Barty vs Danielle Collins, UBI writers’ Australian Open women’s final Predictions

Ash Barty and Danielle Collins will collide for the Australian Open title on Saturday and according to our experts there’s only one winner.

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Tomorrow will see the best two women’s players in this year’s edition of the Australian Open do battle.

 

Ash Barty, the world number one, last year’s Wimbledon champion and a previous French Open winner, is looking to win a third Grand Slam title.

The win would need her needing just the US Open to complete the set, the career Grand Slam.

But more importantly for her and Australia, victory on Saturday would make her the first Australian women to win in Melbourne since 1978.

That was the unseeded Chris O’Neil that won 44 years ago.

Meanwhile, Danielle Collins plays the role of underdog, having made it into her first Grand Slam final.

Her previous best at a Grand Slam was here in Melbourne, back in 2019 when she made the semi’s.

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It’s all to play for.

I caught up with our writers to hear their predictions for the match.

Adam Addicott:

I think Barty will win. She will be inspired by her home crowd and has the ability to use her slice, which should contain Collins’ power.

She also has the upper hand when it comes to the experience of playing in the final of major events.

Prediction: Barty in three sets.

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Tony Fairbairn:

Ash Barty has looked very impressive this tournament on serve having only been broken once all tournament.

The American’s power game has caused Barty problems in the past and with so much on the line, nerves will play its part at some point.

Despite this, experience should prevail here, with Barty’s mix of slice and spin proving too much for Collins.

Prediction: Barty in three sets.

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Elias Laradi:

This match features the world number one and Aussie taking on a player no-one had really expected to be here.

But no one has fought harder to get here than Collins.

Yes, Barty is the favourite, and she is playing at home with history on the line, but it doesn’t mean it will be straight forward.

Barty will need to fight the pressure and the nerves.

But she has so far excelled.

Collins has been playing some strong aggressive tennis and it seems to be working for her.

But will it be enough to stop the best player on the planet?

Another factor is that she is playing in her first ever Grand Slam final and could face a lot of pressure and nerves.

Honestly, my opinion is Barty will be too much for her.

I am hoping for a great match that is super tight with crazy momentum swings.

Prediction: Barty in a tough three sets win, even though she hasn’t lost a set all tournament.

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Diego Sampaolo

Ashleigh Barty is the favourite to win the third Grand Slam title of her career on home soil.

Barty can achieve her goal to become the first Australian women’s player to win her home Grand Slam tournament since 1978.

But Collins cannot be underestimated and beat her Australian rival in their most recent head-to-head match in Adelaide.

Prediction: I predict that Barty will win a three-set battle.

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James Spencer:

Barty has been imperious all tournament and no-one has had a whiff off taking a set of the Aussie.

That said will nerves potentially knock her off course? They could, but I don’t think they will.

She has an unbelievable mentality where she is not phased. It is what makes her such a good athlete.

Meanwhile, I do think Collins will be the player more shaken by nerves simply because like Elias, Adam and Tony mentioned, she’s never been in this situation before.

But that said, Barty on home soil is the overwhelming favourite, so surely Collins can play with the house money and go out swinging cleanly and freely.

I anticipate that, like her previous six wins in this championship, Barty will continue to crush everything before her.

Prediction: I’m going to stick my neck out and say Barty in straight-sets.

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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) The Wimbledon Clash Between Djokovic And Sinner Could Have Been Better

It was an epic five-set clash but imagine how better the match would have been if both were playing well at the same time…

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Hall of Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis’ Ubaldo Scanagatta analyse the dramatic events that unfolded on Tuesday at Wimbledon.

 

Top seed Novak Djokovic staged an epic comeback to oust Jannik Sinner in a match of two halves. Meanwhile, Cameron Norrie brought delight to the British fans.

On the other side of the draw, how will Rafael Nadal fair against the in-form Taylor Fritz? The Spaniard recently sidestepped a question about a potential new injury. 

As for the women’s draw, Ons Jabeur made history by becoming the first Arab player to reach a major quarter-final. She will next play 34-year-old mum-of-two Tatjana Maria who had never been beyond the third round of a major until now. 

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The Wimbledon Naughty List: Which Players Have Been Fined And What For?

Ubitennis takes a look at who has been hit with a penalty and more importantly why.

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Nick Kyrgios might be the player everybody’s talking about due to his behavior but few realize that he is one of 19 to be hit with a financial penalty during the first week of Wimbledon.

In fact, more than $75,000 worth of fines has already been issued during the first week of the championships. According to official data, more than three times as many men have committed an offense than women. Although interestingly it is only two female players who have been punished for receiving coaching and nobody in the men’s draw.

Australia’s Kyrgios leads the leaderboard for the biggest fine after what has been a controversial past few days. In his first round match, he argued with the umpire and spat in front of some people in the crowd who he said were ‘disrespecting him.’ Resulting in him being hit with a $10,000 penalty. He later said during his press conference that he was tired of being verbally abused by some fans watching him play.

 

Then on Saturday in a dramatic clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas he argued once again with officials, got a warning for swearing and at one stage called for his opponent to be defaulted for hitting a ball into the stands. 

“Why would I need to apologize? I’m getting fined for it. Because I got — I always get fined. I’m very keen to see what he will get after today.” Kyrgios said following his third round win. 

Kyrgios has been fined another $4000 for his antics and Tsitsipas has to pay $10,000 for his behavior. The relationship between the two took another dramatic turn after the match when the Greek accused his peer of bullying during an explosive press conference

After Kyrgios, America’s Reilly Opelka was docked $5000 for swearing. The value of the fine is an interesting one when three other players have also been fined for the same offense but they only have to pay $3000. The difference could be due to repeated swearing during the match.

The majority of the men’s fInes are for either unsportsmanlike conduct or audible obscenities. The only exception is Benoit Paire who was fined $2500 for equipment abuse.

As for the ladies’ draw, Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko received the biggest fine ($4500) for coaching. Former world No.1 Garbine Muguruza was another player to be published for her actions.

Here is a breakdown of the fines issued between Day 1 and Day 6 of the championships. 

WOMEN

  • Daria Saville AUS (round one) $4000 – EQUIPMENT ABUSE
  • Lesia Tsurenko UKR (round two) $4500 – COACHING
  • Garbine Mugurza ESP (round 2) $3500 – COACHING
  • Harriet Dart GBR (round 2) $4000 – EQUIPMENT ABUSE

MEN

  • Fernando verdasco ESP (round one) $3000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Adrian Mannarino FRA (round one) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Stan Wawrinka SWI (round one) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Yoshihito Nishioka JPA (round one) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Nick Kyrgios AUS (round one) $10,000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Pedro Martinez ESP (round one) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Diego Schwartzman ARG (round one) $3000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Lukas Klein SVK (round one) $3000 –  UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Reilly Opelka USA (round two) $5000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Benoit Paire (round one) $2500 – EQUIPMENT ABUSE
  • Jiri Vesely CZE (round two) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina ESP (round two) $3000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Denis Shapovalov CAN (round 2) £3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Nick Kyrgios (round 3) $4000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas (round 3) $10,000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

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(VIDEO) Day 7 at Wimbledon: Jannik Sinner Stuns Alcaraz, Djokovic Fights Back

Ubitennis found Ubaldo Scanagatta reflects on all the action that took place on Sunday with renowned commentator Steve Flink.

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Jannik Sinner joins a small group of only six Italian men to have reached the last eight at SW19. The 20-year-old ousted the fierce Carlos Alcaraz in four sets. Another four-set triumph was Djokovic’s win over Dutch walk card Tim Van Rijthoven.

 

Hall of Famer Flink joins Ubitennis to give his view on the events that have taken place. 

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