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  • Undefeated season ends for Serena Williams

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet13 days ago

    It's hard to imagine any professional tennis player pulling off a perfect season, going undefeated against every other professional player. 

    They're professionals. Surely, someone must be able to compete?

    Yet that's exactly what Serena Williams did through the first four months of 2015. No one could touch her.

    With Rolland Garros about two weeks away, it looked like the 2015 Australian Open champion might keep the streak alive heading into the second Grand Slam event of the year. 

    These are the best players in the world. For one to dominate so dramatically, what does that say about the sport? Is she superhuman, or is the women's tennis talent pool incredibly shallow?

    On Friday, the Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova finally showed that the pool may be shallow, but it's not empty. Kvitova handed Williams her first loss of the 2015 season in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open. She broke Williams' serve six times in the 6-2, 6-3 win, her first ever against the 19-time Grand Slam champion.

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  • Serena Williams defeats fellow American to reach Australian Open final

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet3 mths ago

    Serena Williams has never lost in the Ausralian Open once reaching the semifinals. On Thursday she kept the streak alive, defeating fellow American Madison Keys in the semifinal to reach her sixth Australian Open final.

    Keys was on a tremendous run of her own, advancing beyond the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her young career. Just 19 years old, she defeated No. 4 Petra Kvitova and No. 18 Venus Williams en route to the semis. 

    She continued fighting as she faced off against Williams on Thursday, both of them wearing neon green and pink Nike outfits. The first set went to a tiebreak, with Williams prevailing 7-5 to claim the advantage. In the second set, Keys held off nine match points before finally faltering.

    The final score, 7-6, 6-2, hardly indicates how hard Keys made Williams work to make it to her sixth Australian Open final and first since 2010. The younger American hit more winners than Williams (27-19) and had 12 aces, but she did herself in with 39 unforced errors. 

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