SERENA WILLIAMS, ANGELIQUE KERBER WIN IN STRAIGHT SETS EN ROUTE TO FINAL

MELBOURNE, Australia — For a few moments anyway, it seemed as if the ghost of Roberta Vinci had entered Melbourne Park.

After winning the first six games of her semifinal match against No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, Serena Williams began to show signs of tightness. Her groundstrokes lost some juice, and her feet moved with considerably more resistance.

Williams eventually collected herself, winning 6-0, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Australian Open final for the seventh time.

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