'Extraordinary' Barty rips through former champ

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Australian Ash Barty is done to the semi-finals of the Adelaide International aft taking down American Sofia Kenin successful consecutive sets, 6-3 6-4.

Barty needed conscionable 67 minutes to unafraid the match, dominating connected service with Kenin struggling to lucifer it with the satellite fig one.

The Australian notched 17 aces to spell on with a 94 per cent triumph percent connected archetypal serve.

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Ashleigh Barty of Australia. (Getty)

"What a performance... that was a beauteous bonzer performance," said erstwhile Australian tennis prima Jelena Dokic successful commentary for Nine.

Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion, struggled connected service for overmuch of the lucifer with conscionable a 63 per cent triumph percent connected archetypal serve, and 44 per cent connected 2nd serve.

Barty contiguous made it 2 from 2 to footwear commencement her Adelaide International run aft taking down teen prima Coco Gauff earlier successful the week.

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Ashleigh Barty vs. Sofia Kenin: Adelaide International 2022

"I felt beauteous bully today. I was capable to look aft my work games beauteous good and it was a batch of amusive playing retired present and getting much tribunal time," Barty said aft the match.

"It's bully to travel retired present and beryllium tested from the commencement and cognize that you request to bring your precise champion level.

"Looking astatine these past 2 matches, there's inactive enactment to do... it's been a truly coagulated commencement and we're blessed with the instauration we've acceptable to commencement the year."

Barty volition conscionable defending tourney champion and 2020 French Open victor Iga Swiatek successful the semifinals.

Swiatek bushed two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 tonight.

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