Ashleigh Barty approaching Serena Williams' level of dominance with Australian Open run
Following Barty's 6-1 6-3 semifinal victory over Madison Keys in the semifinal, the Australian had lost a total of 21 games over 12 sets en route to the final. Only the Williams sisters had performed better at Melbourne park, with Serena dropping 19 games on her way to the final, securing three 6-0 sets including a double bagel win over Andrea Hlaváčková in the fourth round. She then suffered her first dropped set in the final to Victoria Azarenka, but did win for her 15th Major singles title.
The following year featured a repeat performance at the 2013 US Open, with Serena dropping just 16 games to reach the 2013 US Open final, including winning five 6-0 sets, two of which came in a double bagel victory over Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarter-finals. She would again drop a set to Victoria Azarenka in the final but still triumphed for her 17th Slam singles crown.
Older sister Venus performed a similar feat and sits second on the list. The former World No.1 reached the 2009 Wimbledon final for the loss of just 20 games, including two 6-0 sets. However, she ended up losing the final to none other than Serena in their eighth Slam final battle, the result coming in straight sets.
Barty has acquire two bagel sets during her run to the Australian Open final, and will face American Danielle Collins for her third Grand Slam singles title. The Australian has spent a total of just six hours and 14 minutes on court, while Collins has accumulated over nine and a half hours on the courts at Melbourne Park.