Serena Williams provided another reminder of her dominance in women’s tennis with a 6-0, 6-4 win in the Australian Open semifinals against Agnieszka Radwanska, who is soon to move to the No. 3 ranking.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams is one win away from another Grand Slam milestone after beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 in an Australian Open semifinal that was almost a noncontest between the players who will be Nos. 1 and 3 in next week’s women’s rankings.
If Williams wins Saturday’s final against seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber, she will equal Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam singles title, a record in the Open era, and the second most in history behind Margaret Court’s 24.
Williams is the overwhelming favorite, and not just based on recent form. She’s won all six finals she’s contested at Melbourne Park.
“I definitely block it out,” Williams replied to a question about equaling Graf’s mark. “I was one off last year, too!
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“If I don’t win on Saturday, I’ll still be one off.”
Despite all her success, it is a loss that is inspiring Williams in this tournament. She was two wins away from a calendar-year Grand Slam in 2015 when she lost to Roberta Vinci in the U.S. Open semifinals.
“Physically I’m feeling a lot better, mentally I needed that break after the Open,” she said, but “I didn’t think I would do this well this fast.
“I’m really excited to be in the final — it just kind of blows my mind right now.”
Kerber ended Sydney-born British player Johanna Konta’s surprising run with a 7-5, 6-2 semifinal win to reach her first Grand Slam final. She has one win in six matches against Williams — back in 2012.
Graf was the last German player to win the women’s title in Australia, in 1994, and Kerber is asking for some advice.
“So Steffi, write me please,” she said, laughing with the crowd in Rod Laver Arena.
Williams’ win over fourth-seeded Radwanska provided another reminder of her dominance in the women’s game.
The first set was over in 20 minutes. Williams hit 18 winners and Radwanska, in her fifth major semifinal, had one — in the fourth game.
The second set was closer, with Radwanska holding serve three times and breaking Serena’s powerful serve once. But the 34-year-old Williams lifted again to finish it off, winning the last eight points and closing with three aces and a big forehand winner.
Williams remains unbeaten in nine matches against Radwanska. Williams beat the Polish player in the 2012 Wimbledon final.
Andy Murray from Britain beat David Ferrer of Spain 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-3 to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam for the 18th time.
The second-ranked Murray, who has lost four finals at Melbourne Park, will meet Milos Raonic in the semifinals. The 25-year-old Canadian beat Gael Monfils of France 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Raonic continued his strong form that saw him beat Roger Federer in the Brisbane International final and French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round here.