The 2015 Australian Open, the first of tennis majors and the Women’s Semi Finals are set for Melbourne late tonight on ESPN2. It will be 19 year old American Madison Keys facing the tournament favorite, Serena Williams, meanwhile in the other semi it will be Maria Sharapova facing fellow Russian, 10th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova for a place in the final.
Keys, is the stunner in this years Aussie Open. She came to Melbourne unseeded and last night she rolled to a three set win over one her idol’s, Venus Williams, in a match that lasted less than 2 hours. She dispatched with the elder of the Williams sisters, 6-3 4-6 6-4 in one hour and 54 minutes.
Serena Williams continues to look dominate as she entered the semi final round with a truly dominate performance over 11th seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-2. We now have an All American semi final but the surprise is the beak out performance of Keys.
While Keys will get plenty of fan support it should be noted that the top seeded Serena Williams, who is 33-year-old, has won the title on all five occasions she has made it past the quarter-finals.
As for the other star left in the Australian Open Women’s draw Sharapova displayed all of her well honed experience en route to dismissing a very talented Eugenie Bouchard, in what amounted to a 78-minute tennis lesson to advance to the Australian Open semi-finals.
The 20-year-old Bouchard reached the last-four in Australia and France as well as the Wimbledon final in 2014 but was no match for Sharapova, who showed she was not ready pass the torch to the younger generation just yet in a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
The 27-year-old Russian has now beaten the Canadian in each of their four meetings, three of which have been at grand slams.
Lastly, Makarova continued her quiet but impressive roll in Melbourne, by dismantling third seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-0. For the 10th-seeded Russian, who made her grand slam semi-final debut at the U.S. Open last year, showed little mercy on the Romanian Halep. She broke her serve twice in the first set and three times in the second to roar to a 5-0 lead.
In just 69 minutes she overwhelmed and meekly surrendered the match by crunching a backhand wide of the baseline after 69 minutes.
So we have two former champions in Williams and Sharapova facing two talented upstarts in Keys and , Makarova in what should be a very entertaining Women’s Semi Finals.