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Sofia Kenin’s career run at the Australian Open continued on Tuesday as she swept her way into the semifinals.

She’ll face her stiffest test yet when she gets there facing No. 1 seed and reigning French Open champion Ash Barty.

The 21 year-old defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-4 in the first match of the day to keep up her best run in a Grand Slam tournament.

Prior to the Australian Open, Kenin’s deepest run in a major was to the fourth round of the 2019 French Open. She broke that threshold when she beat Coco Gauff on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals and will now take on Barty, who advanced to the semifinals shortly after Kenin punched her ticket.

Barty tops Kvitova in straight sets

Barty earned her spot in the semifinals with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova. With the win, the Australian makes her deepest career run in her native country’s grand slam.

Barty rallied to win the first set after begin broken on her second serve. She broke Kvitova on her next serve, and the set went to a tiebreak, where Barty once again had to rally from a 6-5 deficit.

After 69 minutes, Barty won the set and went on to cruise in the second to secure her place in the final four.

The win avenges a 2019 Australian Open loss in the quarterfinals to Kvitova who advanced to the final that year, where she lost to Naomi Osaka.

“I think Petra — in my eyes — she’s the perfect competitor,” Barty said after defeating the two-time Wimbledon champion. “She comes out here, she fights her absolute best, does everything best as she possibly can. …

“In my eyes, she’s the perfect competitor, and I absolutely love testing myself against her.”

The semifinal match marks a rematch of the French Open fourth round, where Barty defeated Kenin en route to her first major title.

Source: Jason Owens

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