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Six-time champion Serena Williams of the US defeated Croatian tennis player Mirjana Lucic-Baroni to advance to the final of the Australian Open here on Thursday.
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Melbourne: Six-time champion Serena Williams of the US defeated Croatian tennis player Mirjana Lucic-Baroni to advance to the final of the Australian Open here on Thursday. Serena outplayed her Croatian opponent in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 in just 50 minutes. She will now take on her sister Venus Williams, who had earlier confirmed her place in the final beating compatriot Coco Vandeweghe, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3.
Reviving the magical days of two decades ago, the sentimental favourite Swiss maestro Roger Federer also made it to the men singles title clash. Saturday's final will be the second time the two sisters meet at Melbourne Park for the title, after Serena's victory over Venus in in 2003.
Serena and Venus have faced each other 27 times, with Serena leading the rivalry 16-11.
Federer will attempt to win his record-stretching 18th Grand Slam championship after a battling performance against compatriot Stan Wawrink 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3. Meanwhile, Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis crashed out of the mixed doubles competition with a straight-set defeat in the quarterfinals. They lost 3-6, 2-6 to the local pair of Sam Groth and Samantha Stosur in 55 minutes.