Serena charges her way into semi-finals
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.