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Ash Barty is hoping to break a decades-long hoodoo by becoming the first female home-grown star to win the in 44 years.

The 25-year-old world No. 1 is facing off against American underdog Danielle Collins in the Grand Slam final at Melbourne Park’s Rod Laver Arena, in a match up she’s expected to dominate.

Australia’s queen of the court breezed through her competition at this year’s tournament, winning all six lead-up matches in straight sets.  

Ash Barty (pictured making her way to centre court) is hoping to break a 44-year hoodoo by becoming the first home-grown talent to win the Australian Open .

Ash Barty (pictured making her way to centre court) is hoping to break a 44-year hoodoo by becoming the first home-grown talent to win the Australian Open .

Ash Barty (pictured making her way to centre court) is hoping to break a 44-year hoodoo by becoming the first home-grown talent to win the Australian Open .

Ashe Barty (right) and Danielle Collins (left) pose for a photograph ahead of their women's singles final match

Ashe Barty (right) and Danielle Collins (left) pose for a photograph ahead of their women's singles final match

Ashe Barty (right) and Danielle Collins (left) pose for a photograph ahead of their women’s singles final match

Danielle Collins of the US waves as she arrives to face Australia's Ashleigh Barty in the women's singles final match

Danielle Collins of the US waves as she arrives to face Australia's Ashleigh Barty in the women's singles final match

Danielle Collins of the US waves as she arrives to face Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the women’s singles final match

In contrast, the 27th seed had some hard fought battles on the way to the final but blasted through her opponents with her massive serve and trademark power hitting from the baseline.

Aussie fans packed into the arena at 80 per cent capacity under Victoria’s Covid rules, roared as Barty took centre court. 

If successful, the top seed would become the first Aussie to win the tournament since Chris O’Neil in 1978.

She’s the first Australian woman to make the final since Wendy Turnbull in 1980 and the last Aussie to make an appearance since Lleyton Hewitt in the 2005 men’s final.   

More to come. 

Source: DailyMail

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