World number one Ashleigh Barty stormed past the USA's Jessica Pegula 6-2 6-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena.
The home favourite endured some wobbly moments in the first set with a few unforced errors but never looked in any real danger of a shock exit after breaking in the opening game.
Serving for the match, Barty had three match points to her name in the final game, and despite losing one of them, a long return from Pegula settled the contest in Barty's favour.
Speaking during her on-court interview, Barty said: "That was solid tonight - I had a lot of fun out here. I was able to serve and find a lot of forehands in the centre of the court and not worry if I miss a couple.
"Jess is an incredible person, she's a brilliant girl and I love to test myself against her - she made me play my best tennis. She definitely is a top 20 player.
"I've grown as a person [since 2020], I'm a more complete tennis player and have more experience in problem-solving on the court. I'm absolutely loving playing out here - it's been a lot of fun so far so hopefully there's a little more left."
"It's so nice to have Maddy back playing her best tennis doing what she does best - she's one of the most incredible girls in the locker room. We've played in all different circumstances - I can't wait, I know it will be a good one," Barty added.
Barty made the semi-finals of the 2020 Australian Open before being eliminated by eventual winner Sofia Kenin.