Serena brushes aside Konta to reach Australian Open semis

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Serena Williams is satisfied after her match won against Johanna Konta 6-2 6-3.

"I don't think Serena Williams needs an introduction with everything that she's achieved in this sport", Konta said. She's been really putting in a lot of the hard work.

Williams is attempting to make history.

However, it's the 22-times major champion who will start as the prohibitive favourite as she continues her bid to regain the world number one ranking from dethroned Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber. Considering that it is semifinal of a Major and Venus has won seven Majors, we pick her to move into the final.

The other quarter-final pitches fifth seed and U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who is having a career renaissance at Melbourne Park after making a comeback.

This is the first Grand Slam quarterfinals to feature Federer and Nadal, but without Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic since the 2007 Australian Open.

Even if we look at 2017 data in isolation, Venus' edge on return is so great that Vandeweghe's serve is negated, and the veteran is a much better returner than both Kerber and Muguruza, and is therefore likely to test the Vandeweghe serve much more. The fact that I was able to do it and so well at the end, I was really grateful'. Then I thought I had it pretty handily after that point.

Raonic passed up six set points in the second, ultimately falling to a 9-7 defeat on the tiebreak in an epic second set. Broke right away in the third. I have a lot to give to the game. The past year has seen a sort of resurgence from Venus, who reached the Wimbledon final last summer.

The World No.2 came to Melbourne with the goal of claiming her seventh Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy, a feat that would also earn her the distinction of becoming the winningest Grand Slam champion of all time.

Nadal is wary of his matchup with Raonic, which opens night play at Rod Laver Arena. "He's a top player with an wonderful serve". So I feel like I had to be on it all around today'. But the German fought back in commanding style to seize control of the match, winning all three remaining games to book her place against Williams on Thursday. Their last match in Wuhan, China, in 2015 was extremely tight, with Pliskova prevailing 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (5). "So it's going to be incredibly tough", Lucic-Baroni said. A top junior player, she was only the third player in the Open Era to win two junior Grand Slam singles titles before the age of 14. "I felt in that moment only God can help me". "I still wanted to play on a stage like this".

The victor will play either fifth-seeded US Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova or the resurgent Mirjana Lucic-Baroni for a place in Saturday's championship decider.

"I feel like she's a great all-around player", she said. "These conditions probably suit her as well".

Nadal, the 2009 champion, now goes on to face Grigor Dimitrov in the final four after the Bulgarian had it much easier in his quarter-final tie against David Goffin, dropping just nine games in his straight-sets victory. I'm happily married. I would be perfectly okay being at home enjoying my family. "But off court I'm still very emotional". "With the way things are going, getting better and better, I can't imagine myself struggling".