Grit, strokes and drama accompanied the ladies final today in Melbourne Parks. It was their 17th encounter, with Williams winning the last 14. It was time for Sharapova to break the trend, but no matter how much she tried, and try she did, the Rod Laver Arena belonged to Serena Williams. The world Nr.1 took the first game of the first set after an unfortunate double fault from the 2nd seed, going into an early break lead. With fantastic angle shots, sharp returns and rocket serves, Serena took the first set 6-3 in just 47 minutes.
33 years old and world No. 1 Serena Williams, wins compatriot 19 years old Madison Keys to qualify for the finals of the Australian Open after five years, in straight sets 7-6 6-2. Williams who had some difficulties in the first set against the very talented and hard knocking Ms Keys said, she “was just happy to get through it today.” Keys had 8 more winners to the No. 1’s nineteen, 12 Aces almost equalling her opponent’s 13; But Serena’s apparent experience, forced her young opponent into making 23 unforced errors more than the No. 1, thus hooking the game to her advantage. La Williams was clearly the better player today, but Madison established that she was a force to reckon with in the future.