Even though Johanna Konta made the Australian Open quarterfinals without dropping a set, Serena Williams didn’t need too much power to beat the Brit 6-2 6-3 and set up a meeting with surprise semifinalist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who had upset Karolina Pliskova earlier in the day.
After strong first two service games, the ninth-seeded Konta was the first to earn a break point, in the third game of the match, but conversion didn’t take place and Williams punished her in the following game by going 3-1 up, as Konta dropped serve only the third time at the 2017 Australian Open. Konta was not bad, but Williams was traditionally super strong and before we knew it the set went into the American’s hands.
In the second set, Konta won three straight games from 0-1, but the second-seeded Williams, supported by fiancé Alexis Ohanian, stopped her opponent’s streak like a boss that she is, powering up to 6-3.
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