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Kerber ends Konta's run, to face holder Serena in Melbourne final

January 28, 2016 11:55 IST

Germany's Angelique Kerber (left) and Britain's Johanna Konta shake hands

IMAGE: Germany's Angelique Kerber (left) and Britain's Johanna Konta shake hands after Kerber won their semi-final match at the Australian Open. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Angelique Kerber ended Johanna Konta's fairytale run at the Australian Open with a 7-5, 6-2 victory on Thursday to earn a place in her first grand slam final.

Kerber subdued the British main draw debutante in 82 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to set up a meeting with defending champion Serena Williams, becoming the first German to reach the final at Melbourne Park since Anke Huber in 1996.

Konta, Britain's first female semi-finalist at the Australian Open in 39 years, recovered from a nervous start to take the match to the 28-year-old seventh seed with her powerful serve and ranging groundstrokes.

Lefthander Kerber kept her composure, however, and secured a decisive break for 6-5 in the first set before overwhelming the world number 47 in the second, sealing victory and a place in Saturday's final when Konta went long with a backhand return.

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