Barty ends drought by making Australian Open final, 1 to go
In six matches so far a the tournament, she has dropped one service game.Barty has won major titles on grass at Wimbledon and on clay at the French Open, and is one win away from adding another on a hard court.Its unreal.
She still has one to go.
Barty hit 20 winners to only eight for Keys. She converted four of her six break-point opportunities, and saved the only two break points she faced on her serve. In six matches so far a the tournament, she has dropped one service game.
"It's unreal. Honestly, it's just incredible," Barty said in her on-court TV interview. ''I love coming out here and playing in Australia.
"As an Aussie, we're exceptionally spoiled we get to play in our own back yard. Now we have a chance to play for a title. It's unreal." Barty will next play Saturday against either 2020 French Open champion Iga Switek or 2019 Australian Open semifinalist Danielle Collins. That match was later Thursday on Rod Laver Arena.
While Barty is potentially one win away from giving the host nation a title, there's a guaranteed win in another competition.
Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, dubbed "Special K," ensured an all-Australian men's doubles final with 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over third-seeded Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in a nearly full Rod Laver Arena. Fans were allowed into the main stadium with grounds passes during the day session and didn't need stadium tickets for the afternoon session.
After her win, Barty paid tribute to Alcott's career.
"He's inspired a nation," said Barty, who watched the wheelchair quad final with her physiotherapist. "We were watching his match today (and) when he was saying his acceptance speech, we were crying. I couldn't be more proud of him."
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