MELBOURNE, Australia—If you tuned in late to Thursday’s first semifinal, you most likely missed the entire first set. Serena Williams was that explosive early on against Agnieszka Radwanska, winning the first set in just 20 minutes before securing a spot in her seventh Australian Open final, 6-0, 6-4.
The American was facing the world No. 4 for the ninth time and now leads their series 9-0. Before the match Williams talked about how nice Radwanska is and how she considers her a good friend, but she showed no mercy once they stepped on the court.
The first set was over as soon as it began, with Radwanska winning just seven points and Williams blasting 18 winners to her opponent’s one. Williams charged the net 11 times and won 10 of those points.
“I think she started unbelievable, with such a power and speed,” Radwanska said. “I was just standing there kind of watching her playing.”
After the match, a content Radwanska shrugged multiple times, saying Williams was just too good, and there’s nothing she or anyone else could have done.
“It is inspiring, especially that I have a very good run [here],” Radwanska said. “I have so many good matches coming here. You go on court and you lose 6-love in 20 minutes. That’s not what you expect.”