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Serena dominates Sharapova once again

Serena Williams of the U.S. hits a return to Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium during their women's singles first round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Issei Kato (AUSTRALIA  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)   - RTR4M3SK
Serena Williams of the U.S. hits a return to Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium during their women's singles first round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS) - RTR4M3SK

Johannesburg: World number one Serena Williams outmuscled long-time Russian rival Maria Sharapova for an 18th straight time to progress through to the Australian Open semifinals on Tuesday.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion remained on course for her seventh title at Melbourne Park after overcoming fifth seed Sharapova 6-4, 6-1.

Serena, who is aiming to match Steffi Graf’s Open-era Grand Slam record of 22 titles, will next face Agnieszka Radwanska to secure a place in the final.

Sharapova had claimed her last win over Serena in the 2004 WTA Championships. (ANI)

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