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Aussie Open: Serena crushes Sharapova
Maria Sharopova & Serena Williams

Aussie Open: Serena crushes Sharapova

Hard- serving  World Number 1 and defending Champion, Serena Williams was again too powerful for her arch rival, Maria Sharapova beating her in straight sets to book a place to the Semi-Finals of the ongoing Australian open.

Serena who is seeking her 7th title in Melbourne out-muscled the fifth seed 6-4, 6-1 and will meet Agnieszka Radwanska for a place in the final.

The signs for Radwanska are ominous – every time the American has got past the quarter-final at Melbourne Park she has gone on to win the tournament, including last year when she also beat Sharapova.

“Maria is a super-intense player. She is an intense and focused player. She was world number one and has won so many Grand Slams for a reason,” said Williams.

“Playing someone like that you have to play with fire and intensity. I’ve been playing all week aggressive but I didn’t start out that way.”

On a scorching hot day, the sluggish 34-year-old American,served first and stuttered immediately with the fifth seed breaking when Williams sent a backhand long.

illiams, the oldest world number one in WTA history, is often a slow starter and Sharapova made the most of it to hold for a 2-0 lead as the top seed made a string of errors.

But Williams soon got on the scoreboard as her power serve found its range and her game started coming together. She broke back to make it level-pegging at 2-2 as the Russian’s serve faltered.

The errors were now mounting from 2008 champion Sharapova, who cooled herself down with ice towels at the changeover after Williams went 3-2 in front.

In contrast, the aces were starting to fly off the Williams racquet as she held for 3-3.

Sharapova’s first-serve percentage was falling and she went 0-40 down in the seventh game before showing grit to fend off the break points and claw back.

It was a tight battle and the Russian had two break points herself in the next game, with Williams showing emotion for the first time, screaming “Yes” and pumping her fist as she held on for 5-4. She won that first set and was on cruise control in the second as Sharapova was frustrated throughout because nothing was working in her favour.

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