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SportBarty to take the fight to Keys in Paris

02:10  05 june  2019
02:10  05 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Barty is a vastly different player now, as evidenced by her straight-sets win over Keys during her unbeaten run this year in Fed Cup. Barty or Keys are scheduled to face defending champion Simona Halep or American teenager Amanda Anisimova on Thursday for a place in the final.

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Barty to take the fight to Keys in Paris Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates after winning against Sofia Kenin of the US during their women's singles fourth round match on day nine of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 3, 2019. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images) Gabriela Sabatini is the latest tennis great to jump on the Ashleigh Barty bandwagon as the Australian chases Roland Garros redemption and a spot in the French Open semi-finals.

Eighth-seeded Barty jousts with American 14th seed Madison Keys in the opening match on Court Suzanne-Lenglen on Wednesday night, having carved her way through to the last eight for the first time in Paris.

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Eighth-seeded Barty jousts with American 14th seed Madison Keys in the opening match on Court Suzanne-Lenglen on Wednesday night, having carved her way through to the last eight for the first time in Paris . Rod Laver has already said Barty “can go all the way” and win her maiden major on

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Barty to take the fight to Keys in Paris
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Rod Laver has already said Barty "can go all the way" and win her maiden major on Saturday, while three-time champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario declared the world No.8 as the most feared player in the draw because of the "amazing variety" in her game.

Now it seems Barty has caught Sabatini's eye during her stellar breakout season.

"I like Barty, the Australian player. I like her very much," the former US Open champion said.

"I saw her (win) in Miami. I really like the way she plays - her slice, backhand slice, I like very much. She's a very strategic player."

But to continue her quest to become Australia's first singles champion in Paris since Margaret Court in 1973, Barty must reverse a 6-3 6-2 first-round hammering at the hands of Keys two years ago - in a match she would love to forget.

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Barty took down Marketa Vondrousova in Paris , bringing her career full circle after she left the tour while a promising teenager and junior Wimbledon champion. When she came home, Barty picked up cricket and eventually played for Brisbane Heat in the inaugural Women's Big Bash League season.

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Barty is a vastly different player now, as evidenced by her straight-sets win over Keys during her unbeaten run in Fed Cup this year.

"So I think it's very much a fresh, clean slate from this match (like it was) at Fed Cup that we had as well," she said.

"Different surface. I mean, as different as you can probably get, indoor hard to an outdoor clay court."

After taking out Serena Williams' third-round slayer in her last match, Barty can repeat her Fed Cup double of the two Americans in back-to-back encounters, having beaten Sofia Kenin and Keys on successive days in February.

Victory over last year's semi-finalist and 2017 US Open runner-up Keys would also continue Barty's steady progression at the slams.

Barty has advanced one round better at each of the past three majors, following up a third-round effort at Wimbledon last year with a first-time foray to the last 16 in New York and then charging into the Australian Open quarter-finals in January.

"She's obviously had really good success here in the past," Barty said.

"It's an amazing opportunity for me to go out there and try and play my brand of tennis again, and take it to her as much as I can."

Barty or Keys will back up on Thursday against either defending champion Simona Halep or American teenager Amanda Anisimova for a place in the final.

Sydney-born Brit Johanna Konta and 19-year-old Czech Marketa Vondrousova will contest the other semi-final.

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