Serena vs. Safina in Australian Open final
Two Russians down, one to go.
World number two Serena Williams cruised into her fourth Australian Open final on Thursday, beating fourth seed Elena Dementieva 6-3 6-4.
The U.S. tennis star will face Dinara Safina for the title, after they secured straight-sets wins in the semi-finals.
“I’m excited that I’m playing really consistent,” Williams said. “This whole Australia swing, I was just really struggling with my form, for whatever reason, ’cause I definitely put in the time, but it just didn’t come together.”
Williams blasted down 10 aces on the Rod Laver Arena, while Dementieva’s service game fell apart as she committed eight double faults in the second set.
Fourth seed Dementieva had not lost on court this year but was no match for Williams on center court. The temperature hit 43 degrees at noon but the match was played with the roof closed to keep out the heat wave that is scorching Melbourne.
“I think she was very powerful today,” the Russian said. “I think I was maybe not aggressive enough and maybe I was playing not deep enough, which allowed her to be very aggressive and dictate the game.”
At stake in Saturday’s finals match will also be the top place in the ATP rankings, after Serbia‘s Jelena Jankovic was knocked out in the fourth round at Melbourne Park this year.