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The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, will meet in an Australian Open final for the first time since 2003 as the 30 somethings continued to show that age was just a number, booking their place in the final with dominant displays in the semi-final today.

Six-time champion Serena Williams defeated an exhausted and physically struggling Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-1 in just 50 minutes in a very one sided contest. Lucic-Baroni, who had done remarkably well to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final this century, came into the match carrying an injury and was absolutely blown away by an in-form Serena, who looks the odds on favourite to capture a record breaking 23rd Grand Slam title.

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Reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza bowed out of the Australian Open going down to unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe 4-6, 0-6 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

World Muguruza was never really at the races today and was overwhelmed by the 31 winners produced by the plucky American.

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Australian born Brit Johanna Konta is the hottest player on the women's tour at present, and the 25 year old won her 9th consecutive match on Monday morning to book her place opposite Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

Konta, champion at the Sydney International a week before the Australian Open got underway, has not lost a set in those nine straight wins, and was in immaculate form as she steam rolled her way past Russian Ekaterina Makarova, 6-1, 6-4 in the fourth round for the second year running.

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Second-seed Serena Williams of the United States overcame her compatriot Nicole Gibbs 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

Serena hit 17 winners against the world No.92 to advance to the second week of the tournament, which she has won six times.

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World No.1 Angelique Kerber kept her hopes of a second straight Australian Open tennis title alive with a 6-0, 6-4 win in the third round over Kristyna Pliskova in Melbourne Park on Friday.

"I was feeling very good from the first point," she said during her post-match press conference. "Matches like this are always tough to play when your opponent is serving very well, and you have to bring a lot of balls back, move well, and just go for it. But I'm happy about my performance."

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World No.2 Serena Williams gritted out a 6-3, 6-4 second round win in a high-quality encounter against Lucie Safarova in the Australian Open on Thursday.

The second seeded American, eyeing her seventh title here, smashed 15 aces and 35 winners in the 86-minute clash against the Czech Republican. The match featured a combined 59 winners and 23 aces to just 39 errors.

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Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams progressed to the second round at Melbourne Park with a straight-set win over Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic on Tuesday.

The 35 year old American legend won 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 19 minutes against 19-year-old Bencic, who had beaten her once previously and is considered a star of the future.

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