Ashleigh Barty walked to the microphone on the court at Rod Laver Arena on Thursday at the Australian Open with the slightest hint of emotion on her face. But when Jim Courier, the on-court interviewer, announced just exactly what she had done, she couldn’t help but smile.

She had just beaten Madison Keys, 6-1, 6-3, in just over an hour and advanced to her first final at the Australian Open. But this was about much more than her, and she knew it. The fans did, too. Read More