Unseeded Keys sets up potential Open semifinal clash with Barty

25/01/2022 7:36:00 AM

Unseeded Keys sets up potential Open semifinal clash with Barty

Madison Keys, Barbora Krejčíková

Unseeded Keys sets up potential Open semifinal clash with Barty

An emotional Madison Keys is the first woman through to the Australian Open semifinals, with Ash Barty potentially her opponent in the last four.

Key points:Keys will play either Ash Barty or Jessica Pegula in the semifinalsThe American previously made the last four in 2015Keys has been ranked as high as number seven in the worldKeys upset Czech fourth seed and French Open champion Barbora Krejčíková 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday to continue her stunning run on Rod Laver Arena.

Keys had snapped Paula Badosa's unbeaten start to the year in the fourth round and will next face either Australia's top-seeded title favourite Ash Barty or US compatriot Jessica Pegula on Thursday for a place in the final.The former US Open finalist has been ranked as high as number seven in the world but now sits at 81 following a forgettable 2021 season dogged by injury and self-doubt.

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An emotional Madison Keys became the first woman to progress to this year's Australian Open semifinals after continuing her spectacular summer renaissance at Melbourne Park.Tue 25 Jan 2022 at 3:44am By Paul Johnson Madison Keys books potential Barty showdown Madison Keys might pose a powerful threat to Ash Barty.Cookie Guide .to progress to today’s semi-final.

Key points: Keys will play either Ash Barty or Jessica Pegula in the semifinals The American previously made the last four in 2015 Keys has been ranked as high as number seven in the world Keys upset Czech fourth seed and French Open champion Barbora Krejčíková 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday to continue her stunning run on Rod Laver Arena. Keys had snapped Paula Badosa's unbeaten start to the year in the fourth round and will next face either Australia's top-seeded title favourite Ash Barty or US compatriot Jessica Pegula on Thursday for a place in the final. Should Barty get past Keys' American compatriot Jessica Pegula tonight it would mark the fourth meeting between the pair with Barty holding a 2-1 lead. The former US Open finalist has been ranked as high as number seven in the world but now sits at 81 following a forgettable 2021 season dogged by injury and self-doubt. She’s an incredible competitor. But the 26-year-old is now riding a 10-match winning streak after launching her revival with a drought-breaking sixth career title in Adelaide in the week before the Australian Open. The powerful American blasted 1 aces amid 27 total winners against the Czech. Now she stands within two wins of an elusive major, which many tipped the precocious talent would win years ago. Kaia Kanepi.

"I think I'm going to cry," Keys said in her on-court interview. She said that was due to a trough last year on tour. She’s got an exceptional game that puts you under the pump right from the get go. "It means a lot. Last year was really hard and I did really everything I could with my team in the off-season to re-set.. "Really to start on zero and be fresh and not worry about last season and, wow, it's gone well so far. She’s going to be in deep stages of a lot of majors in her future, that’s for sure. "I'm really proud of myself.and wow that’s gone well so far. The Belarusian committed 15 double faults in another error-strewn performance, five more than she had in her third-round win over Marketa Vondrousova.

" Keys first made the Australian Open semifinals aged just 20 back in 2015. She lost to close friend and fellow American Sloane Stephens in the 2017 US Open final. Credit: Getty Barty will now face another American in 21st seed Jessica Pegula on Tuesday for a spot in the final four at Melbourne Park. AAP .