Australian open tennis 2016 watch Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova Jan 25, 2016 full game, result,score, recap, replay, reactions and preview highlights.
Top seed Serena Williams punched her ticket to the semifinals of the 2016 Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-1 win over fifth seed Maria Sharapova on Tuesday in Melbourne.
The quarterfinal match was a replay of the 2015 Australian Open final, which yielded the same result. Williams has now bested Sharapova in 18 straight meetings dating back to 2004.
The challenger got off to a good start, breaking Williams to take a 1-0 lead in the first set. But it didn’t take long for Williams to break back, and then she seized her opportunity for a second break with the score 5-4 to win the first set.
In the second, it was virtually all Williams, who needed just 36 minutes to win. Her serving was particularly on point, as she delivered 13 aces to just three from Sharapova, while Sharapova logged seven double faults compared to just three for Williams.
Williams moved on to face fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the first of two women’s semifinals Thursday. Williams is 6-0 in her career in the Australian Open semifinals.
Match point is a breeze.
With this strong performance in Melbourne, Williams has given herself a chance to take another shot at the Calendar Slam in 2016.
There’s a hold from Sharapova. At 5-1, Serena will now serve for the match. She’s been good all-round, but her serving has been the best part of her game.
Serena earns an early break-point opportunity, which she finishes off with a tidy winner after getting Maria on the run.
The second set is quickly 2-0 Williams, with Serena serving. Is Sharapova headed for her 18th straight defeat to Serena?.