Australian Open: Madison Keys continues resurgence; downs Barbora Krejcikova in QF

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Australian Open: Madison Keys continues resurgence; downs Barbora Krejcikova in QF

Madison Keys powered into the semi-finals of the 2022 Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2 win over fourth seed, Barbora Krejcikova in the quarter-finals. The match, lasting an hour and 25 minutes, saw Keys hit past Krejcikova who didn’t have any replies to the American’s shots.

At the start of the match, Keys did save two break points to get her second service hold but thereafter, she retaliated by breaking the Czech in the sixth game of the set. The set remained on serve thereafter and Keys served it out to 15 after 50 minutes of play.

The second set started out to be a bloodbath for Krejcikova. The world no. 4’s erroneous shot-making coupled with Keys’ consistency on hers from the other side of the net saw her go down 3-0 with a double break. Meanwhile, Keys trying to consolidate her double-break lead for 4-0, had some trouble with her serve.

A few errors gave Krejcikova one of the two breaks back and allowed her back into the match. She also went on to hold her serve for the first time in the set in the next game putting herself within reach of the chance of levelling the set back on serve.

Australian Open: Madison Keys upsetting run continues

However, it wasn’t to be as Keys moved past the dip in her concentration. Bringing her shots in control once again, she went about adding winners to her tally and more problems for Krejcikova.

The latter lost her serve again in the seventh game and in the eighth game, Keys served out the match converting the first of her two match points. Keys won 77% of her first-serve points to Krejcikova’s 49%. She hit 27 winners, more than twice as many as Krejcikova’s 12 and had seven fewer unforced errors than the latter – 21 to 27.

This is the first time since 2015 that Madison Keys’ reached the semis of the Australian Open. It’s also her first Major semi since making it to the semi-finals of the US Open in 2018. The 26-year-old will play either Ashleigh Barty or fellow American, Jessica Pegula for the chance to reach her first final at the Major.