World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty is thrilled with the fact that she has been delivering his best tennis throughout the whole Australian Open. Barty continued her strong Australian Open run on Thursday as she destroyed former world No.
7 Madison Keys 6-1 6-3 to reach her first final at Melbourne Park. Barty is a two-time Grand Slam champion and now she is just a win away from achieving her childhood dream of winning the Australian Open. “Honestly, it’s just incredible.
I’m just happy I get to play my best tennis here,” said Barty, per AFP. “The ball was a little slower tonight, heavier off the strings. I just tried to run and adapt, make as many balls as I could and keep Maddie under the pump on her serve because she has the ability to really take it away from you quickly.”
Barty executed her game plan perfectly
“Maddie is an exceptional athlete. She has a great serve, great first strike off the return and off her first ball after her serve. A lot of the time 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 racquet,” Barty said before the match when asked what she needed to do against Keys.
“I need to be able to find a balance, problem solve my way through it, try and work out a way to nullify her strengths and bring it back to my patterns if I can, and understand it’s not always in my control. We accept that, move on, go again to the next point.”
Barty made an outstanding start to the match as she broke Keys three times to comfortably win the opener. Barty’s level a bit dropped in the second set but still she broke Keys in the sixth game and served out for the match in the ninth game. Barty plays American Danielle Collins in the final.