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Ash Barty becomes the first local woman to reach an Australian Open semi-final in 36 YEARS

Australian world number one Ash Barty has defeated Czech player Petra Kvitova to reach the Australian Open semi finals.

The 23-year-old has become the first local woman to reach the semi finals in Melbourne in 36 years after an intense battle with the number seven seed.

Ash Barty has defeated Petra Kvitova to reach the Australian Open semi finals

 steely-eyed world No.1 had to fight off eight break points in a tense first set before denying the free-hitting Czech 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 in a rematch of their 2019 quarter-final at Rod Laver Arena.

The first Australian to make the Open semi-finals since Wendy Turnbull in 1984, Barty will play American 14th seed Sofia Kenin on Thursday for a spot in Saturday night's title decider.

More to come.