Serena charges her way into semi-fi­nals

The Herald - Sport - - TENNIS. AUSTRALIAN OPEN -

TOP seed Serena Wil­liams pow­ered into the semi-fi­nals of the Aus­tralian Open on Wed­nes­day, but was de­nied a show­down with elder sis­ter Venus in Mel­bourne.

Serena lost the open­ing set in rounds three and four but made no such mis­take against 2014 fi­nal­ist Do­minika Cibulkova on Rod Laver Arena.

The 18-time grand slam sin­gles win­ner took the open­ing set with two breaks of serve and fired down a to­tal of 15 aces to com­plete a 6-2 6-2 vic­tory in 65 min­utes. Venus had ear­lier lost in three sets to Madi­son Keys.

“I knew I had to be good to­day be­cause she was in the fi­nal and plays re­ally well on this court and I’m just happy to be through,” Serena said in an on-court in­ter­view that had to be cut short due to a cough she has been strug­gling with for the last few days.

Wil­liams later said she could be suf­fer­ing from a virus that has seen fel­low Amer­i­can Var­vara Lepchenko hos­pi­talised twice in the past few days.

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