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Pat Rafter reveals Australian Open, Danielle Collins feud

The final minutes of Ash Barty’s career were played out as part of a spiteful relationship she had with American Danielle Collins, Aussie legend Pat Rafter says.

Rafter, the two-time US Open champion, revealed the friction between the pair when speaking publicly about his wishes to see Barty return to the sport.

Barty shocked the world in March when she announced her retirement at the age of 25, having won Wimbledon in 2021 and the Aussie Open this year.

Her Aussie Open final triumph against Collins was a heated affair and Rafter says he could sense the pair did not get on.

“I knew with her and Danielle, they had a bit of a … what’s the word – there was no love lost anyway,” Rafter said, according to The Herald Sun.

“Danielle’s pretty feisty. And Ash didn’t want to lose to her.”

The pair played five times with Barty winning four times. However, Collins won their…

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