Serena Williams has ended Johanna Konta’s hopes of winning the Australian Open with a blistering straight sets victory.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion, a six-time winner here in Melbourne, had been below her best against Barbora Strycova but raised her game severely for the test of the British No. 1.
Konta has beaten every player in the top 10, apart from Angelique Kerber, in the past 18 months but was yet to face Williams.
But the 25-year-old struggled to match the incredible power shown by a woman 10 years her senior, losing 6-2 ENTER SCORE.
Williams will go on to face Mirjana Lucic-Baroni after the world No. 79 stunned Karolina Pliskova in her quarter-final.
Neither player had lost a set heading into the quarter-final, with both largely impressing in their earlier matches, but something would have to give.
It was the American who drew first blood in the contest, breaking Konta on her way to a 4-1 lead.
After the break, the Brit, who has largely been coolness personified throughout the tournament, showed her first signs of frustration by snapping in the direction of her box.
A second break followed at the end of the first set, which Williams sealed 6-2.
Konta was forced to dig deep at the start of the second, clawing her way back from 0-40 to hold in her opening service game.
In the following game, Konta got her first breakthrough of the match to take a 2-1 lead – much to the irritation of the world No. 2.
Soon after, however, Williams was level at 3-3 after a nightmare service game from Konta.
Williams then snatched another break to move 5-3 up and served out the match.