Australian Open LIVE: Ash Barty vs Madison Keys tennis updates and semi-final score

“I had a lot of fun” – Barty on dominating win to reach Australian Open semis

Follow live updates from the Australian Open women’s semi-finals as world number one Ashleigh Barty faces Madison Keys for a place in Saturday’s final. Barty, the Wimbledon champion and tournament favourite, is aiming to become the first Australian since 1978 to win her home Grand Slam and the 25-year-old has yet to drop a set in reaching the final four.

In doing so, she has taken out Americans in Amanda Anisimova and Jessica Pegula and faces another today in the unseeded Keys, who is aiming to reach a Grand Slam final for the first time since the US Open in 2017. “Madi is an exceptional athlete, she has a great serve, great first strike off the return and off her first ball after her serve,” Barty said. “It’s about trying to put her in an uncomfortable position, try and get her off-balance, because if she controls the centre of the court, the match is on her racket.”

In the second semi-final to take place on Rod Laver Arena, Iga Swiatek faces another American in Danielle Collins. Swiatek, the seventh seed from Poland and the 2020 French Open champion, defeated Kaia Kanepi in the previous round while Collins beat Alize Cornet. Follow live updates below:


Australian Open: *Barty 6-1 Keys

Barty dips a testing backhand slice low and short onto Keys’ side – and the American nets. On 15-30, Keys drops a nervy double fault to bring up set point and Barty thrashes a forehand winner down the line to take an 11th consecutive set at this tournament, and in just 26 minutes.

Jamie Braidwood27 January 2022 09:13


Australian Open: Barty 5-1 Keys*

Things get a little nervy as a couple of unforced errors from Barty brings up break point from Keys – but she then finds her first serve to land an ace out wide.

Keys, to her credit, makes the next rally interesting and forces Barty wide, but she runs around the forehand to send a powerful strike into the corner.

Barty holds as Keys nets on her serve but there were some encouraging signs there for the American, even if Barty continues to cruise towards the opening set.

Jamie Braidwood27 January 2022 09:10


Australian Open: *Barty 4-1 Keys

That’s too good from Barty. Even with Keys finding her first serve, the Australian is able to immediately take control of the rallies with the depth of her backhand slice return. On the back foot, Barty chases down a ball and pings a forehand into the far corner, which Keys can’t return. It earns her the insurance break and surely the opening set, too.

Jamie Braidwood27 January 2022 09:04


Australian Open: Barty 3-1 Keys*

Two service games, eight points on serve for Barty. She seals a second consecutive hold to love with a forehand winner down the line. Keys went big on a couple of looks at second serves earlier in the game but either found the net or went too long.

Jamie Braidwood27 January 2022 09:00


Jamie Braidwood27 January 2022 08:57


Australian Open: Barty 2-0 Keys*

An opening ace from Barty is another ominous sign for Keys and a forehand long and backhand into the net from the American brings up 40-0 on the Australian’s serve.

Barty produces a stunning second serve up the middle which Keys cannot return, and that seals the opening hold to love.

Jamie Braidwood27 January 2022 08:54


Australian Open: *Barty 1-0 Keys – Barty breaks!

Keys makes a confident start – driving a forehand winner down the line and moving to 30-0 after Barty nets on a first serve. The Australian gets on the board as she gets into the rally following a backhand slice and upping the tempo with a forehand. Keys then nets to bring up 30-30, but Barty nets on the forehand.

We go to deuce as Keys goes long on the forehand but the American finds a big first serve – only for Barty to edge the next point following a lengthy rally.

Good depth from Keys forces Barty long on the backhand – but the Australian clips the line with a backhand slice and Keys nets. This is already turning into an epic opening game.

Barty then strikes with a forehand crosscourt into the corner – before Keys draws her short and Barty puts it away with another forehand crosscourt winner to seal the opening break!

Jamie Braidwood27 January 2022 08:52


Australian Open: Barty vs Keys

A relaxed Ashleigh Barty follows Madison Keys as the players make their way onto Rod Laver – it should be a cracking atmosphere as the home crowd roar on the world number one.

Keys wins the toss and elects to serve first.

Jamie Braidwood27 January 2022 08:40


What’s it like to face Barty? ‘You feel pretty helpless’

After Ashleigh Barty continued her run to the Australian Open semi-finals with a dominant 6-2 6-0 win over Jessica Pegula, the American opened her press conference with a revelation on how dominant the world number one has been.

“I think we’ve seen her do that to a lot of people. Unfortunately, I was a victim tonight to that,” Pegula said. “There wasn’t much I could do. I think she’s definitely living in everyone’s head a little bit. She’s figured it out… mentally and physically with her game.

“She has the confidence right now where I think she feels like she can go out there and kind of chop anybody up when she’s playing really well.

“You feel pretty helpless. I think that she really, when she gets into a rhythm, she can run away, Her game just kind of picks you apart a little bit, and it can be really frustrating because you don’t feel like you can get a lot of free points.”

Jamie Braidwood27 January 2022 08:29


Madison Keys back on form as she eyes Grand Slam final return

Madison Keys won just 11 matches on the WTA tour last season – she’s already won as many in 2022 as she reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time since the French Open in 2018.

The American is aiming to make it to a first Grand Slam final since she was defeated in the US Open by Sloane Stephens in an all-American final in 2017.

She has the power to take on Barty at her own game, too. While Barty leads the field with 35 aces, Keys is second with 30 so far.

Jamie Braidwood27 January 2022 08:19


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