AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Serena sets up an all-Williams Grand Slam final

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Serena sets up an all-Williams Grand Slam final

As the Melbourne tournament approaches its end, World No. 2 Serena Williams cruised past Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in their semi-final clash on Thursday to set up an Australian Open final showdown against her sister Venus Williams.

The 35-year-old American was in brutal form as she overpowered the 34-year-old Croat, in their first ever meeting in the court, and she will now be involved in an all-family affair in Saturday’s Slam final.

Venus Williams earlier on Thursday took out her compatriot Coco Vandeweghe in an all-American semi-final 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-3 to give her an opportunity to add an eighth Grand Slam title to her collection.

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36-year-old Venus is looking for her first Slam title since she won Wimbledon in 2008 and has gotten the ticket to her first major final since defeat to her sister Serena at the same event in 2009.

Serena is a six-time champion at the Australian Open, and is hoping to add to the number this year. She clinched a spot to the final after defeating her 34-year-old opponent Lucic-Baroni, winning 6-2 6-1.

She will now face her older sister Venus in what will be their eighth meeting in finals of majors and the first Grand Slam final meeting between the two since Wimbledon 2009.

Ultimately, Serena will be chasing her 23rd Grand Slam title, which would be a record in the Open Era.

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