Barty eases into semis


No.8 seed Ashleigh Barty reached the maiden Grand Slam semi-final of her career.

Ashleigh Barty quarter-finals Roland Garros 2019©Philippe Montigny / FFT

Eighth-seeded Australian Ashleigh Barty reached the first Grand Slam semi-final of her career with a 6-3, 7-5 win over No.14 seed Madison Keys on Thursday.

In a quarter-final showdown postponed from the previous day due to rain washing out play, Barty was broken while serving for the match at 5-4, but Keys' comeback was short-lived as the 23-year-old Australian took the next two games to secure a spot in the final four.

Barty is the first Australian woman to make a Grand Slam semi-final since Samantha Stosur in 2016.

With Simona Halep losing to Amanda Anisimova almost simultaneously on Court Philippe-Chatrier, Barty is guaranteed to make her top-five debut when the new rankings are released after the tournament. She would be the first Australian woman to do so since Stosur in August 2012.