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Australian Open 2022 semi-finals: Ash Barty v Madison Keys – live! | Sport

4.29am EST

04:29

Barty 6-1 2-2 Keys*

Keys is taking part in higher. This recreation is held after a deuce or two and there are indicators Barty shouldn’t be fairly on the ranges of earlier than. A crashing winner takes the sport for a great maintain.

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4.22am EST

04:22

Barty* 6-1 2-1 Keys

The door stays closed on the Barty serve, and it’s 40-0 after an ace. The sport is claimed to like with net-cord shot that places Keys to the again of the court docket.

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4.20am EST

04:20

Barty 6-1 1-1 Keys*

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Keys seems to essentially struggling right here however produces a gritty maintain. Barty’s recreation is simply too robust and there are indicators of despondency setting in. Nonetheless, she manages to ship her opponent within the improper route to win a degree, after which one other for 30-30. After which a backhand from the again of the court docket forces a Barty error. Higher from Keys. Significantly better.

4.16am EST

04:16

Barty* 6-1 1-0 Keys

Again on court docket, and the dominance continues, with a recreation served out with ease.

4.14am EST

04:14

Good picture of the scene and that cloudy sky from PA Media’s reporter on the market.

Eleanor Crooks
(@EleanorcrooksPA)

All about Australians as we speak. Ash Barty the headline act towards Madison Keys seeking to attain a primary ultimate right here. Barty the favorite however Keys is tremendous harmful #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/dFxKW0CnQH


January 27, 2022

4.12am EST

04:12

Barty wins the primary set 6-1

Barty 6-1 Keys*

Keys appears to have expended all her vitality on that earlier recreation. A double fault palms over two break and set factors. That’s taken with aplomb from Barty with a clubbing winner.

The house crowd getting behind Ash Barty. {Photograph}: Clive Brunskill/Getty Photographs

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4.10am EST

04:10

Barty* 5-1 Keys

A really lengthy service recreation to carry. The surge is on, and Barty takes it to 30-0 with simply three photographs performed. A glimmer at 30-15 after which Barty overdoes one down the road . 30-30 seems like a small victory for Keys, however she messes up the prospect for a winner on her return. However Barty tightens up, too, and overdoes it as soon as extra for deuce. Then a skidding ball palms over a break level, as Barty clatters the ball excessive and out. A rushing ace saves that, after which some athleticism forces Keys into an error. Nonetheless, we return to deuce once more as Keys finds her manner into the match. It’s saved by two good serves however we’ve a match on her palms.

4.02am EST

04:02

Barty 4-1 Keys*

The double break is claimed. Keys will get all keyed up, sorry, and whacks a gettable winner into the web wire for 30-30. Then a backhand return units up one other break level, one claimed with ease by Barty.

3.59am EST

03:59

Barty* 3-1 Keys

Within the blink of a watch, Barty serves to like. Keys has an actual job on her palms to tame that service recreation.

Ash Barty hits a thunderous serve.

Ash Barty hits a thunderous serve. {Photograph}: Aaron Francis/AFP/Getty Photographs

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3.55am EST

03:55

Barty 2-1 Keys*

Higher from Keys, much better. Keys wins a degree for 15-15 and appears relieved, following up with going 30-15 up with a robust top-spun volley. Then comes a winner to the precise of the court docket. Then a nice serve.

3.53am EST

03:53

Barty* 2-0 Keys

Barty clatters an early ace, and Keys then fails to transform a second second for 30-0. Keys misses the subsequent one to, and Barty already has command of the primary set. The second serve crashes residence.

3.51am EST

03:51

Barty 1-0 Keys*

A prolonged opening recreation sees Keys damaged. We start with an ace, however 30-30 comes round fairly shortly, however Barty nets handy over a 40-30 lead. However an overhit slice from Keys results in deuce. She serves effectively to assert benefit, and is then compelled into hitting vast for an additional deuce. One other benefit to Keys, however she nets on the subsequent level. It’s nervous on the market. Barty’s forehand winner seizes the primary break level, and a winner from mid-court after a drop shot takes it.

Madison Keys races for a forehand.

Madison Keys races for a forehand. {Photograph}: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Reuters

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3.45am EST

03:45

So then, it’s been all smiles within the buildup, two gamers who’ve loved good type on this event. Off we go, and the group makes some noise as Keys will get able to throw first.

3.40am EST

03:40

Appears like a fuller crowd within the Rod Laver Enviornment, the numbers nonetheless lowered by Covid restrictions, and the gamers take the coin toss, with Keys selecting to serve first. The knock-up begins.

3.11am EST

03:11

Unhealthy information for the Australian of the yr, whose post-match interviews have been a spotlight of the event.

3.07am EST

03:07

Preamble

Right here comes the house favorite, and she or he’s right here in straight units. Can Barty get previous the semis for the primary time? She misplaced at this stage in 2020 to Sofia Kenin, and final yr to Karolina Muchova within the semi-finals. Madison Keys can also be at her furthest stage of this event, having received right here in 2015. She’s searching for her second ever Grand Slam ultimate, having reached the US Open ultimate in 2017 and misplaced to Sloane Stephens. Barty is the overriding favorite, and would appear to have too robust a recreation for her opponent, although the consultants say she is perhaps weak to Key’s forehand.

This match can be adopted by the second semi, the place Danielle Collins takes on Iga Swiątek. The enterprise finish of the event is right here, and the climate is thundery in Melbourne. It’s doubtless the tennis can be a lot the identical.

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