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Williams crushes Radwanska to advance to Australian Open Final, Kerber beats Konta

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World no.1 Serena Williams powered her way into her seventh Australian Open Final, brushing aside the challenge of the no.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4.

Williams was in no mood to hang around again today and the faster conditions under the closed roof only augmented her game as she raced through the opening set in a little over 20 minutes, 6-0. It wasn't that Radwanska played poorly, in fact she made just 3 unforced errors all set, it was that Serena was just that much better.


Radwanska got herself on the scoreboard by winning the opening game of the second set, but Williams rattled off 3 games in a row to take a 3-1 lead and it looked at that stage a rout was on the cards.

Credit to Agnieszka though for hanging in and it was her turn to go on a bit of run, winning three games in a row herself to nudge ahead 4-3. Williams held serve for 4-4, and Radwanska had a chance to do the same as she went up 40-15 in her service game, but Serena rattled off a couple of powerful returns to earn herself a crucial final break of serve, before closing out the match in style to love to book her place in Saturday's Final.

Up next for Serena is the no.7 seed Angelique Kerber, a first time Grand Slam finalist. Kerber outlasted British hopeful Johanna Konta, also in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2 to book her place in maiden Grand Slam final.

Kerber was quick out of the blocks, racing to a 3-0 lead only to drop the next 4 games in a row as Konta stormed back into the contest. The next few games went on serve till Kerber broke for a 6-5 lead, and closed out the set with a comfortable hold despite a short weather delay.

The second set failed to live up to the level of the second, with Kerber racing away to a 5-1 lead, and eventually closing out the set 6-2 for a memorable win.

Kerber will have her work cut out for her against Serena in the Final with the 34 year old American legend having won the title on each of her last 6 visits to the Australian Open Final.