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Serena Williams decimates Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1 in Australian Open semis, sets up title clash with sister Venus Williams

Serena Williams Decimated Her Semifinal Opponent Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1 To Storm Into The Finals Of Australian Open.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Gautam Lalotra | Updated on: 26 Jan 2017, 01:45:11 PM
Serena Williams - File Photo

New Delhi:

World number two Serena Williams decimated her semifinal opponent Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1 to storm into the finals of Australian Open.

Serena shall face her older Sister Venus Williams in the Women's Singles title clash. Venus had defeated fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-3 in the first Ladies Singles semi final on Thursday.

Serena is aiming to win her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, an Open-era record. Serena is currently tied with German tennis legend Steffi Graf on 22 titles.

It would also be a seventh Australian Open victory for the younger Williams sister, while Venus hopes to win an eighth major title, first in Melbourne and first since Wimbledon in 2008.

"It is unbelievable to watch Serena play tennis the way she hits the ball and the competitor she is," Venus Williams said after the first semi-final.

"It would be a dream to see her on the opposite side of the net on Saturday."

Speaking after her win, Serena said: "I am really proud of Venus, she is a total inspiration and a big sister. I am really happy for her and to be in the final together is a dream for us really.

"She is my toughest opponent, no-one has ever beaten me as much as Venus.

"I feel no matter what that we have both won after all we have been through. I know a Williams is going to win this tournament."

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First Published : 26 Jan 2017, 01:20:00 PM