Serena Williams vs. Agnieszka Radwanska: 2016 Australian Open Score and Reaction

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2016

Serena Williams of the United States reacts after winning a point against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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World No. 1 Serena Williams remained red-hot to start 2016 with a 6-0, 6-4 semifinal win over No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday afternoon down under at the Australian Open

Williams is now 7-0 all-time in Australian Open semifinals and moved to 9-0 against Radwanska over the course of her career. 

With the roof at Rod Laver Arena closed because of some serious downpours in Melbourne, Williams put her foot on the gas and didn't let up. 

In fact, Williams broke Radwanska to start the match and jumped out to an easy 4-0 lead in the first set, as ESPN's Brad Gilbert noted on Twitter:

The first set proved to be a struggle for Radwanska as she got blanked by the world's top-ranked player. Williams consistently took advantage of Radwanska's slow first serves and imposed her will whenever she saw fit with some wicked winners. 

According to the Australian Open's live stat tracker, Williams dominated the first set because Radwanska was only able to win 25 percent of her first-serve points. In fact, Radwanska won a grand total of seven—yes, sevenpoints in the first set.   

Gilbert broke down the disparity in effectiveness following Williams' clinical opening statement that paved the way for her eventual victory: 

That said, the second set didn't come without some tense moments. Radwanksa finally broke Williams and took a 4-3 lead—a development that appeared to swing momentum in her favor. With a more composed demeanor, a steadier serve and improved zip on her groundstrokes, Radwanska finally resembled the player who entered the semifinal on a tear. 

But it was too little, too late, despite a handful of unforced errors from the favorite. Serena eventually broke back to take a 5-4 second-set lead and calmly closed things out on serve. 

The New York Times' Ben Rothenberg described the quality that separated Williams from Radwanska: 

All told, Serena won 88 percent of her first-serve points and posted a ridiculous 42-4 advantage in total winners as she cruised into the Australian Open final against arguably one of the hottest players in the field. 

Radwanska entered the semifinal with 10 straight wins to start the season, and her straight-set stylings against four of five opponents at the Australian Open prior to the Serena showdown offered hope that she would put up a good fight. 

However, history was on Williams' side. In their previous eight meetings, Serena had won 16 of 17 sets, and the start of a new season following an extended layoff seems to have revitalized her competitive spirit. 

Now Serena is slated to defend her title against the winner of Thursday's other semifinal featuring seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber and the unranked Johanna Konta.

But regardless of which player advances to try to down the most unstoppable force the women's game has to offer, Williams figures to be a heavy favorite as she aims to capture Australian Open title No. 7 and her 22nd Grand Slam. 


Post-Match Reaction

ESPN Tennis on Twitter provided a detailed look at the journey Williams is on: 

The American also broke down how she was able to overcome Radwanska's comeback attempt in the second set, per the Australian Open on Twitter:

"Physically, I'm feeling a lot better, and mentally I needed that break after the U.S. Open," Williams said during her on-court interview at Rod Laver Arena, per "But I didn't think I'd be doing so much, so fast."

"I’m really excited to be in another final," Williams added, per the Australian Open on Twitter. "It just kind of blows my mind right now."