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Ashleigh Barty cruises past Madison Keys into Australian Open final

Ashleigh Barty cruises past Madison Keys into Australian Open final

Home favourite Ashleigh Barty booked her spot in the final of the 2022 Australian Open with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Madison Keys in Thursday’s semi-final.

The world number one endured a couple of wobbly moments in the contest but always looked in control after breaking in the first game, ultimately storming to a straight sets victory.

American Keys managed to serve to stay in the match at 5-3, but Barty – who won 86% of her first-serve points on the day – eased past her under-performing counterpart as she continues her quest for a maiden Australian Open title.

“It’s unreal, it’s just incredible. I love coming out here and playing in Australia. I’m just happy that I get to play my best tennis here,” Barty said during her on-court interview after the win.

“The conditions were really different tonight – this is Brisbane weather. I just tried to adapt and make as many balls as I could. Maddy has the ability to take it away from you really quickly.

“It’s just so nice to see her [Keys] back where she belongs, she’s an amazing human being. You see the way she carries herself on the court, she looks you in the eye and gives you a handshake and a lot of the girls really respect her.”

Barty will now face the winner of Iga Swiatek and Danielle Collins‘s semi-final for the Grand Slam title in Saturday’s final.

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