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Serena sets up all-Williams women's final

Serena Williams is congratulated by Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni after winning their semi-final at the Australian Open
Serena Williams is congratulated by Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni after winning their semi-final at the Australian Open Dita Alangkara

TENNIS: Serena Williams has downed fairytale semi-finalist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni to confirm an incredible all-Williams women's final on Saturday.

The result never looked in doubt as Williams cruised through 6-2, 6-1 in just 50 minutes, with Lucic-Baroni perhaps overawed by the occasion - then taking a post-match selfie.

Serena's older sister Venus won earlier on Rod Laver Arena to set up the final which will be their seventh meeting in a Grand Slam final - the first since Wimbledon 2009.

"For us both to be in the final is the biggest dream come true for us," Serena said.

Serena Williams is looking to take sole hold of second place in the all-time Grand Slam titles record books. She is currently tied with Steffi Graf on 22, two behind Margaret Court on 24.

Venus Williams celebrates after defeating compatriot Coco Vandeweghe during their semifinal at the Australian Open
Venus Williams celebrates after defeating compatriot Coco Vandeweghe during their semifinal at the Australian Open Andy Brownbill

Venus Williams held up her end of the deal for another all-sisters Australian Open final with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 win over Coco Vandeweghe, becoming the oldest player to reach the final here in the Open era.

The 36-year-old Williams is back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since Wimbledon in 2009 and her first here since 2003, when she lost to her younger sister, Serena.

Williams tossed her racket after clinching the 2-hour, 26-minute semi-final on her fourth match point and put her hands up to her face, almost in disbelief, before crossing her arms over her heart. She then did a stylish pirouette on the court, smiling broadly, as the crowd gave her a standing ovation.

"Everyone has their moment in the sun,” Williams said. "Maybe mine has gone on a while. I'd like to keep that going. I've got nothing else to do so let's keep it going.”

Venus Williams celebrates her win against CoCo Vandeweghe
Venus Williams celebrates her win against CoCo Vandeweghe TRACEY NEARMY

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