Serena reaches her 26th Slam final
World number one Serena Williams demolished Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursdayto surge into her 26th Grand Slam final and zero in on a seventh Australian Open title.
The dominant top seed was untouchable in overpowering the Pole 6-0, 6-4 in just 64 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to set up a decider against German seventh seed Angelique Kerber or unseeded Briton Johanna Konta.
Kerber and Konta play later Thursday, with whoever wins facing a huge obstacle to be crowned champion. Of her 25 previous major finals, Williams has won 21. “I’m really excited to be in another final, it kind of blows my mind right now,” said Williams, 34.
“I feel I am playing the best I can, and I can’t believe I am in the final. “I started playing aggressive again in the second set and it worked out.”
The writing was on the wall for Radwanska -- Williams had never lost a semi-final at Melbourne Park on her way to six titles, and had beaten the Pole in each of their previous eight meetings stretching back to 2008. She crushed long-time rival Maria Sharapova in the
quarter-finals and dished out the same treatment to Radwanska, halting her 13-match win streak in emphatic fashion.