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  • Serena Williams defeats fellow American to reach Australian Open final

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet2 days 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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  • Venus, Serena, Madison Keys advance to Australian Open quarterfinals

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet5 days ago

    Don't count Venus Williams out just yet. At 34, the seven-time Grand Slam champion has advanced to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2010. 

    Seeded 18th this year, Venus knocked off No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 on Monday.

    Asked what has inspired her during this run, Williams said, "Definitely my sister Serena, she's just the ultimate champion. And definitely a lot of inspiration from all my fans who have stayed behind me through thick and thin."

    Venus will play 19-year-old American Madison Keys, who defeated fellow American Madison Brengle, 6-4, 6-2, in the round of 16. Keys was just 13 the last time Venus won a Grand Slam. 

    "I'm just really excited. It's a huge opportunity for me," Keys said. "I think Venus has helped the sport, especially the women's side with equal prize money. She was a huge part of that. Just watching her is inspirational."

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