Ash Barty became the first Australian woman to reach the Australian Open women’s singles final in 42 years on Thursday night, beating American Madison Keys 6-1 6-3.

Wimbledon champion Barty, 25, follows bin the footsteps of Wendy Turnbull, the last Aussie to reach a home final.

The Australian – man or woman – Christine O’Neil – won the title in 1978.

Ash Barty has become the first Aussie woman to reach the final since 1980.Photo: KARL WINTER

Top seed Barty will face Iga Swiatek or Danielle Collins in Saturday’s final.

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