Australian Open 2022 LIVE updates: Ash Barty races a set clear of Madison Keys; Alcott denied fairytale ending; Kyrgios and Kokkinakis into the all-Aussie final
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Ash Barty will now serve for a place in the final after Keys held, at 5-3.
The Aussie world No.1 is now just one game away from an Australian Open final.
Barty held to love to take a 5-2 lead in this second set, opening the service game with an ace.
She’s won 59 points to 34 so far, hitting 17-5 winners.
Ash Barty has taken a defining break in this second set and now leads 4-2.
Keys saved two set points to take the service game to deuce.
But Barty manipulated the court to hit two winners to take the break.
Barty is now serving to take a 5-2 lead.
Barty is only landing 53 per cent of first serves, but she’s hit four aces and won 84 per cent of those first serves that have landed.
Barty holds at 3-2, after saving a break point in that service game.
Madison Keys holds serve at 2-2.
Both players have hit five unforced errors each in this second set.
We remain on serve at 2-1 in this second set, with Barty holding to love.
This match has only been going 36 minutes, but the Aussie world No.1 looks in cruise control.
She has not lost a set this entire tournament.
Her winning scorelines so far in the Australian Open have been:
Both players have held serve in this second set.
Keys will have to shake her nerves, for starters, if she’s to get back into this match.
She has hit 16-4 unforced errors and that had a major say in the opening set.
Ash Barty leads by a set, 6-1.
Keys hit two more unforced errors to give Barty a 15-30 lead, and then double faulted to give Barty two set points.
But the world No.1 only needed one opportunity, jumping around a second serve to hit a forehand winner to claim the first set.