Serena Williams vs Agnieszka Radwanska 2016 Australian Open semi-final score result, preview and recap, highlights. An utterly brilliant set and half from Williams, followed by a less utterly brilliant second half of the second set that was still good enough to hold off the charge of the world’s fourth best player. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015… will Serena add 2016 to that list of Australian Open titles. You wouldn’t bet against it after that performance.
Serena will play either Angelique Kerber or Johanna Konta in the final. “Either one is OK,” she says. “Whatever happens I’m very excited to be playing another Australian Open final”.
Game, set and match! Williams wins 6-0, 6-4, Second set: Williams 6-4 Radwanska.
Ace! Ace! Ace! Three match points! Game, set and match! It’s that simple for Serena, who books her place in yet another Australian Open final with a supreme performance!
Australian Open 2016 Recap,
Second set: *Williams 5-4 Radwanska (* denotes next server); Williams leads one set to love
A couple of Serena’s groundstrokes fail to hit their mark, giving brief hope to Radwanska, but the American’s radar is soon back in working order and a high forehand volley at the net – unleashed in tandem with a roar of effort – bring up break point. And Serena gratefully claims it, as Radwanska fires one long – an unforced error at the worst possible time. Williams will now serve for the match.
Second set: Williams 4-4 Radwanska* (* denotes next server); Williams leads one set to love
With the pressure on to stem the flow of lost games, Williams steps up to the plate on serve. An overhead smash at the net and an ace (challenged by Radwanska, unsuccessfully) get her on her way at 30-0. A fifth ace of the day a point later and a forehand winner complete the American’s game.
Second set: *Williams 3-4 Radwanska (* denotes next server); Williams leads one set to love
Brilliant from Radwanska! That’s why she’s ranked fourth in the world! She absorbs Serena’s power in a 15-shot rally before a deft drop shot does for the American. Absolutely wonderful to watch. As is the rest of this game, as an actual contest develops between the two players. Three deuces, a missed break chance for Williams and some longer rallies end with Radwanska holding again. She’s now won three straight games, and the Pole is back in this.
Second set: Williams 3-3 Radwanska* (* denotes next server); Williams leads one set to love
Radwanska starts this game well and takes a 30-0 lead (I think for the first time this match) as Serena allows her level to drop slightly. A loose shot from the American hits the net and all of a sudden she’s facing two break points! An ace saves the first but another poor regulation shot into the net on the second gives Radwanska her first break of the day! And we’re back on serve in this second set. This has just got very interesting.
Second set: *Williams 3-2 Radwanska (* denotes next server); Williams leads one set to love
OK, we’re 40 minutes into this match and the odds of hitting the hour mark have just been given a shot in the arm: Radwanska holds serve for a second time this set (and match). Vaguely encouraging signs for the Pole, but you fear the damage has already been done and, at a break down, Serena remains well in tbe box seat to wrap up victory swiftly.
As if anticipating a finish sometime soon, Kerber and Konta, up next, are both shown on television warming up in the bowels of Rod Laver Arena.
Second set: Williams 3-1 Radwanska* (* denotes next server); Williams leads one set to love
Serena booms down an ace – her second of the match – to kick off this game, although she blots her copy book slightly with a first double fault a point later. Still, there’s no stopping the Serena juggernaut as it continues along its way, spewing out Radwanska-shaped road kill on the way to a 3-1 lead.