Women’s second seed Serena Williams has eased through to the women’s singles final at Australian Open 2009, defeating Russia’s Elena Dementieva 6-3 6-4 in their semifinal on Thursday afternoon.
With the roof closed on Rod Laver Arena as Melbourne swelters through another day of temperatures well into the 40s, the nine-time Grand Slam singles champion knocked off the fourth-seeded Russian, who had yet to lose a singles match in 2009 before today.
Serena Williams will play the winner of this afternoon’s Vera Zvonareva/Dinara Safina semifinal in the final, which will be held on Saturday night.
Williams served 10 aces to Dementieva’s three, while Dementieva had eight double faults, all of them in the second set
Williams had 27 winners to Dementieva’s 18, while Dementieva had 28 unforced errors to the American’s 34
Williams converted four of her 10 break point opportunities, while Dementieva was 2-for-6 on break point chances
Dementieva served at just 42 per cent in the second set
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