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Australian Open: Six Time Champion Reaches Semi-final

Six-time champion Serena Williams saw Britain's Johanna Konta out to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.

Williams, 35, won 6-2 6-3 and will next play unseeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who beat fifth seed Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-4.

Konta, seeded ninth, went into the quarter-final on a nine-match and 18-set winning streak but came up short in her first meeting with Williams.

Williams is now two wins from claiming an Open-era record 23rd major title.

Johanna Konta has been playing so well, said the second seed.

I was in the locker room watching her clean up her matches. She is a future champion here for sure, so I am pleased to get through this. 

I got a little frustrated with my serve, but I told myself 'don't get Babyrena' [Williams' angry alter-ego] and focused on enjoying myself out here. Today I felt I can do this, it is such a great opportunity for me.

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