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Ash Barty beat Madison Keys to reach Australian Open final – San Bernardino Sun

By JOHN PYE Writer AP Sports

MELBOURNE, Australia – Ash Barty ended a lengthy drought by reaching the Australian Open final with a 6-1, 6-3 effective win over Madison Keys.

She still has one to go.

Barty is the first Australian woman to reach the singles final of her home country Grand Slam since Wendy Turnbull in 1980. No Australian has won the title since Chris O’Neil in 1978.

First-place player Barty conceded just 17 matches on his way to the semi-finals and continued his strong form as he beat Keys, runner-up at the 2017 US Open.

Barty has reached 20 winners and only 8 for Keys. She converted four of her six break-point opportunities and saved the only two break points she faced on her serve. In the six games so far of the tournament, she has missed a serve.

Barty has won major grass-court titles at Wimbledon and on clay at the French Open, and she’s just one win away from another hard-court win.

“It’s not real. Honestly, it’s hard to believe,” Barty said in the televised court interview. “I love coming here and playing in Australia.

“As Australians, we are especially spoiled with playing in our own backyard. Now we have a chance to play for a title. It’s not real. ”

Barty next will play Saturday (late Friday PT) against 2020 French Open champion Iga Switek or American Danielle Collins, a 2019 Australian Open semi-finalist. Thursday (late Wednesday PT) on Rod Laver Arena.

While Barty is likely to land a win if it doesn’t bring home the title, there is sure to be a win in another contest.

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, dubbed “Special K”, secured an all-Australia men’s doubles final with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory over third-seeded Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in an almost full Rod Laver Arena. Fans are allowed into the main stadium with admission during the day’s session and no stadium tickets are required for the afternoon.

At the nearly empty Margaret Court Arena, Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell beat second-seeded Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, 6-3, 7-6 (9).

Also on the 11th, Dylan Alcott’s farewell tournament ended with a wheelchair final defeat to Sam Schroder of the Netherlands.

Alcott was named Australian of the Year at national day celebrations and attended a ceremony in the capital Canberra between his win in the semi-final and final.

Alcott retired with 15 Grand Slam titles in a wheelchair. He completed an unprecedented Golden Slam last year, winning all four majors as well as the Tokyo Paralympics gold medal.

After her victory, Barty celebrated Alcott’s career.

“He inspired an entire nation,” said Barty, who watched the wheelchair final with her physiotherapist. “We watched his game today (and) when he gave his acceptance speech, we cried. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/27/ash-barty-routs-madison-keys-to-reach-australian-open-final/ Ash Barty beat Madison Keys to reach Australian Open final – San Bernardino Sun

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