Australian Open: Williams and Federer reach Semifinals….

Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova for the 18th time in a row to reach the Australian Open semi-finals. The American defending champion, seeded number one and chasing a 22nd Grand Slam title, saw off fifth seed Sharapova 6-4 6-1 at Melbourne Park. It is 12 years since Williams lost to the Russian, and the world number one moves on to face fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the last four.┬áIn the men’s draw, Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-4. The Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion will play top seed Novak Djokovic or seventh seed Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals on Thursday.

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