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Six-time champion Serena Williams outplayed Britain's Johanna Konta to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.

The American, 35, won 6-2 6-3 and will next play unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who beat fifth seed Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-4.

Konta, seeded ninth, went into the quarter-final on a nine-match and 18-set winning streak but came up short in her first meeting with Williams.

Williams is now two wins from claiming an Open-era record 23rd major title.

"Johanna Konta has been playing so well," said the second seed.

"I was in the locker room watching her clean up her matches. She is a future champion here for sure, so I am pleased to get through this.

"I got a little frustrated with my serve, but I told myself 'don't get Babyrena' [Williams' angry alter-ego] and focused on enjoying myself out here. Today I felt I can do this, it is such a great opportunity for me."

Konta described facing Williams as the "best experience of my life".

World number 79 Lucic-Baroni upset Pliskova to reach the semi-finals in Melbourne - 18 years after she reached the same stage at Wimbledon.

Lucic-Baroni and Williams will meet for the first time since Wimbledon 1998 in Thursday's semi-final.

"It is really happening for the mid-30s," said Williams.

"Mirjana - it is so good to see her back out and inspiring to see her in the semi-finals. Whatever happens there will be someone in the final in their mid-thirties."

Serena's sister Venus takes on fellow American Coco Vandeweghe in the other semi-final - BBC

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Kenya’s top seed Ismael Changawa won the men’s doubles USTA/ITA Central Regional Championship over the weekend at the Seminole State at the Oklahoma City Tennis Centre.

The US-based tennis star teamed up with his College mate Guy Oryl Iradukunda in a gruelling match that lasted over two hours to defeat a team of Lumeta/Tidimane 6-2; 5-7; 7-5 to win the final.

Changawa’s Trojan team mate Iradukunda had earlier eliminated him in the men’s singles final 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.

Kenya open champ

Changawa, twice Kenya Open champion, is in the US on a tennis scholarship at Seminole State College, the college which failed to release him for the recently concluded African Games in Congo, Brazzaville.

In the men’s singles, the two players had split the set after Iradukunda won the first set 6-4, but Changawa, younger brother to Shufaa (Changawa), came back to win the second set 7-6 before Iradukunda grabbed the final one.

The win saw Seminole State College tennis team sweep all four regional championship events, men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, and women's doubles. The winners will move on to the Small College National Championships in Sumter, South CarolinaOctober 15-18, 2015.

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