Serena Williams wasted little time in powering past 11th seed Dominika Cibulkova to book her Australian Open semi-final ticket on Thursday. The world number one thrashed the Slovak 6-2, 6-2 in 65 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena. Williams smashed 15 aces past Cibulkova, who won just 52% of the points on her first serve after landing only 50% of those to start with.
Williams hit 31 winners but a dream semi-final meeting against rejuvenated sister Venus was not to be. The elder Williams sister, who has enjoyed a resurgence this year in Melbourne, fell in three sets to another American Madison Keys. Neither woman was strong on the first serve but Williams could only win 30% of the point on her second serve.
Keys hit 34 winners as opposed to the 33-year old’s 10, as the 18th seed’s good run Down Under came to an end.