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  • Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand in his semifinal match against Stan Wawrinka (Getty Images AsiaPac)Source: Getty Images AsiaPac
27 Jan 2017 - 12:38 AM  UPDATED 27 Jan 2017 - 12:38 AM

The Williams sisters will meet in the final of the Australian Open after they both came through their semi-finals in spectacular fashion.

Serena Williams defeated Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straight sets (6-2 6-1).

She’ll be chasing an Open-era record of her 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

She’ll have to defeat her older sister Venus to do so.

The last time the pair met in a Grand Slam final was in Wimbledon 2009.

But Serena says despite the result, there’ll be no losers when they meet on Saturday.

After everything that Venus has been through with her illness and stuff, I just can't help but feel like it's a win-win situation for me. I was there for the whole time. We lived together. I know what she went through. It's the one time that I really genuinely feel like no matter what happens, I can't lose, she can't lose. It's going to be a great situation.

Venus’s semi-final victory came when she defeated fellow American Coco Vandeweghe in three sets (6-7 6-2 6-3).

Vandeweghe had earlier defeated world number one Angelique Kerber but could not maintain her form against Williams.

Venus is now hoping for an eighth major title win; and her first Australian Open.

Echoing her sister’s sentiments, Venus says there’ll be nothing strange facing Serena in the final.

17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is also through to the final, after defeating compatriot Stan Wawrinka in a three-hour, five-set battle (7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3).

Federer started off strongly, taking the first two sets but lost some rhythm in the third set, with his countryman taking him to the fifth set.

Federer is through to his 28th Grand Slam final; his sixth Australian Open final.

He says he’ll give it his all on Sunday.

For Wawrinka, it was one backhand that cost him the entire match.

He says while he made an error on a crucial point, it's important to analyse a match holistically.


Day 12 of the Australian Final will see the final spot in the men’s final decided, when Rafael Nadal meets Grigor Dimitrov in the second semi-final.

In the mixed doubles’ semifinals, Australians Sam Stosur and Sam Groth will take on Sania Mirza from India and Ivan Dodig from Croatia, while Elina Svitolina and Australian Chris Guccione will face Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal.

The women’s doubles final will feature Andrea Hlavackova and Shuai Peng face Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova.