Serena Williams has been in an amazing form in the 2016 Australian Open as she reached the finals of the competition, defeating fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals of the competition on Thursday. The US star will face Angelique Kerber, who emerged triumphant against Johanna Konta in the second semi-finals, will feature in her first Grand Slam final.
Serena looked in complete control over Radwanska, who lost the match in straight sets. The score read 6-0 and 6-4. The first set was a cakewalk for the top seed, but Radwanska showed some signs of a comeback, but that did not last long against the ever-so-determined Serena, who has played some exquisite tennis in the Australian Open.
"I think I played well in the beginning, especially in the first set. I was able to do everything that I needed to do. I was really hitting just all the right shots, making little to no errors, which is kind of hard to play like that. But it was good," Australian Open official website quoted Serena as saying.
The fourth seed, who was expected to pose a huge threat to Serena, could not deliver her A game when it mattered most. Serena had also defeated Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals of the competition.
Serena's opponent in the final, Kerber, who might have surprised many people with her quality display, defeated Konta in straight sets to reach the prestigious final. The score read 7-5 and 6-2. The German made a terrific start in the finals and took full advantage of Konta's edgy start. After winning the first set, Kerber looked an even more determined player, who won the second set, 6-2.
Konta made 36 unforced errors, which also helped Kerber book a finals berth. Serena knows that Kerber, who defeated Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals, could trouble her in the finals.
"She took out a really tough opponent in Victoria. You can't underestimate Kerber. She's beaten me before, too, and pretty good. I know that she brings a lot, you know, to the game," said Serena.
"She's been very consistent this year already. She's proven that she wants to take her game to the next level. I know she was talking about she wants to do better in the slams this year. To start out with a potential final already tells you that if she puts her mind to something, she's going to do it."