Day 11 at the 2022 Australian Open was straightforward in determining the finalists in the Woman’s singles draw.

Local favourite, Ashleigh Barty made history this morning. The 25-year old pulled off yet another straight-set victory. This time over American, Madison Keys to become this first Australian to compete in the Grand Slam down under since Wendy Turnball in 1980.

The other Yank to compete in the 2022 Australian Open semi-final achieved more success. The 27th seed, Danielle Collins was ruthless in terms of accuracy against the Seventh seed, Iga Swiatek. The straight-set victory sees Collins advance to her first Major final.

Aussie Aussie Aussie – Oi Oi Oi

Top seed, Ash Barty made a huge statement at the Rod Laver Arena and looks poised to break the Turnball-curse. The Aussie charged to a 6th consecutive victory without dropping a set. Barty lost just 21 games in the 2022 Australian Open so far, with her time on court totalling six hours and six minutes.

That is the most ruthless performance in a Woman’s draw at a Grand Slam since Serena Williams dropped just 16 games on route to the US Open final in 2013.

Ash Barty in action in the Semi-Final at the 2022 Australian OpenBarty also sent a 3rd successive American pacing, again in a little over an hour. It took just 62-minutes for the World No.1 to power to a 6-1 and 6-3 win over Madison Keys.

The Aussie is now just one win away from becoming the first local woman to win the Australian Open since Chris O’Neil in 1978.

“It’s unreal, it’s just incredible. I love this tournament, I love coming here and playing in Australia and as an Aussie, we are spoiled that we are a grand slam nation and get to play at home,“ said the 25-year old.

“I get the chance to play for a title, it’s unreal. This is Brisbane weather, it was humid. I tried to keep Maddy under the pump as she can take it away from you. She’s a great person, looks you in the eye, a lot of the girls love her.”

U-S-ASTONISHING

27th seed, Danielle Collins delivered a performance worthy of a Grand Slam crown. The American pulled off a massive upset, which will see her make her Top 10 debut in the coming week.

Collins, who underwent surgery to treat endometriosis last March, turned over the favourite, Iga Swiatek with ease. Her intent was clear from the first game, overpowering the Seventh seed with pure first-strike tennis.

Danielle Collins punches the air celebrating a point at the 2022 Australian OpenThe 28-year old was deadly accurate on her way to a 6-4 and 6-1 victory to make it through to a first-ever Major final.

“It feels amazing, it’s been such a journey, and it doesn’t happen overnight, so many years of hard work,” said the American after her semi-final victory.

“It’s incredible to be on this stage, especially with the health challenges. I added a little bit more variety over the last two years but this is my Plan A. In this tournament, I don’t feel like I have time to sit down, I have been standing up when I sleep at night.“

The Men’s finalist will be decided tomorrow.

Matteo Berrettini vs Rafael Nadal – 5:30

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev – 10:30

Day-9 of the 2022 Australian Open Tournament delivered on exceptional tennis in the first set of Quarter-Finals. While the woman’s draw was more concise, the men had to dig deep in the Rod Laver Arena.

Australian Open Day-9

Madison Keys was the first American to go through to the semis, and in doing so also served up a massive upset. The World No. 51 cut down fourth seed Barbora Krejcikova with ease.

The first seed, Ashleigh Barty was on a whole different level. The Australian put on an exhibition in front of her home crowd, sending the Jessica Pegula packing in a little over an hour. The 21st seeded American won just two games before crashing out.

Over in the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal lost grip of his Quarter-Final bout with Denis Shapovalov. The 35-year old Nadal took the first two sets comfortably but came insanely close to packing his back. The veteran lost some of his magic during sets three and four. Luckily he managed to pull himself back together.

Matteo Berrettini also almost lost the plot in his draw against Gaël Monfils. Monfils came back from two sets down to draw the match level. The Italian could however hold out for a history-making win in the early morning hours in Melbourne.

A breeze for the ladies

Madison Keys continued an impressive run of wins to claim the first semi-final spot at Melbourne Park. Keys, a former world No. 5 has dropped just the one set during #AusOpen2022. That coming in the Third Round against China’s Wang Qiang.

Barbora Krejcikova was expected to end the Illinoisan’s streak. However, the Czech became the 10th consecutive victim of Keys, losing 6-3 and 6-2.

The 26-year old is just a couple of wins away from an evasive first Grand Slam title. And don’t discount her just yet, her form is on the up.

“It means a lot. Last year was really hard and I did really everything I could with my team in the off-season to re-set,” said an emotional Keys after her win.

“I’m really proud of myself.”

Keys reached her maiden semi-final in 2015, at the age of 20 at the Australian Open. She went on to lose to compatriot, and eventual champion Serena Williams.

The first penultimate battle in the Woman’s draw will be a huge one. Although the local will be the favourite to progress.

Ash Barty in action at Australian Open 2022

Australian hopeful, Ashleigh Barty has her sights set on a first Grand Slam title in her backyard. She can become the first Australian Woman’s player to win the Australian Open since Chris O’Neil in 1978. Now, on her ninth time of trying, Barty looks poised to go all the way. She progressed to the last-four with a ruthless 6-2 and 6-0 win over Jessica Pegula.

“That was solid tonight,” Said the World No. 1.

“I was able to serve and find a lot of forehands in the centre of the court and I was happy to take the game on; be aggressive off my forehand, not worry if I miss a couple

as long as I’m doing the right thing, and I felt like I was able to do that the whole match.”

A battle amongst the boys

In the Men’s draw at the 2022 Australian Open tournament, the two quarter-finals played out like carbon copies of each other. Two five-set thrillers producing scintillating Tennis.

The Spanish Giant, Rafael Nadal had a huge quarter-final draw today. He had to get past Canadian Denis Shapovalov. While the sixth seed started the match oozing class, he let Shapovalov back into the game. Luckily Rafa channelled energy from somewhere to win 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 and 6-3.

Rafael Nadal in action at Australian Open 2022

After finding success on the court, the one time winner of the Major Down Under confirmed that he lost his mojo through the course of the match.

“I started to feel bad honestly at the end of the second,” said Nadal.

“It was very warm out there today and the conditions were hard. I think of course all these kind of matches helps me to be in better shape, but we can’t forget that I didn’t play much tennis for such a long time, no? So under these very hard conditions, is difficult for me.”

The Italian, Matteo Berrettini almost suffered the same fate as Nadal. Going two sets up before almost losing the plot completely. Although in this case, Matteo didn’t shut down, it’s Gaël Monfils who booted up. Luckily for the Italian, the Frenchman couldn’t deal the final blow.

The seventh seed, Berrettini held his nerve to claim a massive 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6 and 6-2 victory and is the first Italian man to reach this stage of the Australian Open.

The disappearing Djoker

With it being a Novak-less 2022 Australian Open Tournament, the door is open for Rafael Nadal to make history. The Spaniard could become the first man to win 21 Major titles. Djokovic has been flirting with that achievement since winning at Wimbledon last year. However, his antics earlier this month could cost him the chance of becoming the most successful Men’s player. The current World No.1 might also miss out on a shot at winning Roland Garros.

It’s still a long way to go for Rafa and there’s a big semi-final on the cards.