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Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams beats Johanna Konta to reach semi-finals
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Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams beats Johanna Konta to reach semi-finals

Mfonobong Akpan

Six-time champion Serena Williams, 35, outplayed Britain’s Johanna Konta to reach the Australian Open semi-finals with a 6-2 6-3 win.

Serena who is now two wins from claiming an Open-era record 23rd major title, will next play unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who beat fifth seed Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-4.

Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams beats Johanna Konta to reach semi-finals

Konta described facing Williams as the “best experience of my life”.

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller in his analysis said,

“No matter how many times you have watched Serena Williams play, it is perhaps just not possible to appreciate how hard she hits the ball – and how quickly it arrives on your racquet – until you have shared a court with her.

Johanna Konta had her first experience of that today and was not able to maintain the standards she had set earlier in the fortnight when faced with such persistent pressure.”