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  • Serena Williams celebrates winning her quarterfinal match against Johanna Konta (Getty Images AsiaPac)Source: Getty Images AsiaPac
25 Jan 2017 - 11:15 PM  UPDATED 25 Jan 2017 - 11:18 PM

Serena Williams was, as she often is, the headline act of day 10 of the Australian Open, breezing past her opponent to book her spot in the semi-finals.

The American outplayed Britain’s Johanna Konta, defeating her in straight sets (6-2 6-3).

Williams is just two-wins away from claiming a record 23rd major title.

She’ll now face the unseeded Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who defeated Karolian Pliskova in three sets (6-4 3-6 6-4).

Lucic-Baroni is also through to the semi-finals – the same stage she was at in Wimbledon 18 years ago.

The 34-year-old took a lengthy period off from tennis due to a series of personal issues.

But the world number 79 says she’s now grateful to be back in the game.

In the men’s contests, Rafael Nadal prevailed over Milos Raonic in straight sets (6-4 7-6 6-4).

Emotion was pouring off the Spaniard when he won match point.  

Nadal will play Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, who earlier defeated Belgian 11th seed David Goffin in straight sets (6-3 6-2 6-4) to secure his spot in the semi-finals.

Dimitrov has now won 10 matches in a row this year, including the title-win in Brisbane.

He says he has his support network to thank for his recent form improvement.

Meanwhile in the Australian Open quad wheelchair draw, reigning Newcombe medallist Dylan Alcott has beaten close mate and Paralympic teammate Heath Davidson in two sets (6-1 6-4).

Local wildcard Ben Weekes was also beaten by Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez in straight sets.

Weekes says he’s pleased he had the opportunity to compete.

Day 11 of the Australian Open will see both of the women’s semi-finals played, with Coco Vandeweghe facing compatriot Venus Williams and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni playing Serena Williams.

The first of the men’s semi-finals will also be played, with Roger Federer facing compatriot Stan Wawrinka.