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But from there it was all Jankovic

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MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams stuck out a fist in mock triumph and mouthed Cmon, careful not to push her point too far. Don Mattingly Jersey . The 33-year-old Williams was closing in on her 19th Grand Slam singles title, her 16th straight win over Maria Sharapova and her sixth Australian Open championship when she was docked a point by the chair umpire for hindrance for yelling in celebration too early when she thought shed hit a service winner. She didnt let that, or another early celebration on match point, or a hacking cough that made her sick, become distractions. Instead, Williams maintained her composure to beat Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (5) on Saturday night to continue her 100 per cent record in finals at Melbourne Park and move closer to Steffi Grafs record of 22 major titles in the Open era. I got too excited and I hit a great serve ... I didnt expect her to get it back, Williams explained of the hindrance call in the seventh game of the second set. I said, Cmon, a little too soon. I guess theres a rule that you cant do it. So Im fine with it. I moved on very fast to the next point; just tried to stay as focused as I could. The muted fist pump, she said, was just for fun. Im like, Cmon. It just goes to show you I have more fun on the court. I would have never done that three years ago, four years ago, said Williams, who has let similar calls upset her in the past. So I just kind of made a little sarcasm after that. On her third match point, she let her racket go before hearing a let call to what she thought was an ace. I thought, Wow this is it, I did it, only to hear let. I was like, OK Serena! she said. So she fell back on her biggest weapon, firing another ace her 15th of the set and 18th of the match. This time, after checking it was official, she bounced around like a little child and the celebration was real. Im so honoured to be here and to hold this 19th trophy, Williams said. I didnt think it would happen this fast, to be honest, but it feels really good. Williams, at 33 years and 127 days, became the oldest winner of the Australian womens title in the Open era and moved into outright second place on the list of major winners in the Open era, moving clear of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on 18. No. 20 is her next objective, and her next chance is at the French Open. When I think about Paris, I dont think about 20. I just think about winning there, said Williams, who didnt reach a quarterfinal in a Grand Slam between her wins at the 2013 and 2014 U.S. Opens. Still affected by a recent cold, Williams controlled the first set around a rain delay when play was stopped for 13 minutes during the sixth game for the roof on Rod Laver Arena to be closed. Williams came back on court momentarily, but returned to the locker room. I had a really bad cough, I ended up throwing up, Williams said. I think in a way that just helped me I felt better after that. She returned to court and fired an ace to start a run of six straight points to take the set away from Sharapova. Williams won the first six points of the second set, too, before Sharapova started hitting out. The five-time major winner had 18 of her 21 winners in the second set, and fended off four break points. No. 2-ranked Sharapova saved two match points, including one in the 10th game when she hit a forehand winner down the line, and she calmly held serve twice to stay in the match. In the end, though, it wasnt enough to end a decade-long losing streak to Williams. I havent beaten her in a long time but I love every time I step on the court with her, said Sharapova, who trails 17-2 in career head-to-heads against Williams and hasnt beaten the American since 2004. Ive had some of the best memories of my career on this court and also some of my toughest losses, but thats the life of a tennis player. On the mens side, Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli became the first all-Italian team to capture a Grand Slam mens doubles title in more than 50 years after beating French pair Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4. Novak Djokovic has won all four times hes reached the Australian Open final and is aiming to maintain his 100 per cent record when he takes on Andy Murray in Sundays singles final. Raul Mondesi Jersey . 1-9 on TSN. With more than 65 hours of exclusive live coverage, TSN delivers all the action beginning with Draw 1 on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p. Aroldis Chapman Jersey . If Vettel wins at Suzuka on Sunday, and his nearest rival Fernando Alonso finishes worse than eighth, the German driver will join his compatriot Michael Schumacher and Argentine Juan-Manuel Fangio as the only men to win four consecutive titles. http://www.customyankeesjersey.com/custom-phil-rizzuto-jersey-large-304i.html . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami.DOHA, Qatar -- Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland earned a third consecutive -- and fourth overall -- semifinal berth at the Qatar Total Open when she quickly dispatched Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-2, 6-1 on Friday. Radwanska, who required only 64 minutes to send Wickmayer packing, has had an easy run to the semifinals. She had a bye in the first round, a quick two-set win over Sorana Cirstea in the second round, and saw Mirjana Lucic-Baroni retire early in the second set of their third round match with a lower back injury. "I think Ive been playing great tennis this week and hopefully I can keep it going tomorrow (Saturday)," Radwanska said. "The shorter the match the better for me." Radwanska will face Simona Halep of Romania in the semifinal on Saturday. It was sweet revenge for Halep, who needed only 52 minutes to take care of fourth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 6-0. She lost to Errani 6-1, 6-0 in their only other meeting at the Miami tournament last year. It was also fortunate for Halep that the match went so quickly, because she says she is playing with a painful Achilles injury. Fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic used her quick-stepping style to run ragged over powerful third- seeded Petra Kvitova 6-1, 6-3 to reach her third Doha career semifinal. "I was playing well and I was confident coming into this match," Jankovic said. "Against a top player like Kvitova you have to play your best game and I was glad I was able to do that today." It was clear that playing long three-setters against Venus Williams in the secondd round and Lucie Safarova in the third round zapped Kvitova of the energy to challenge Jankovic. Chad Green Jersey. . "I had two great matches, so I still have something positive to take out of here," said Kvitova, who is the defending champion at next weeks Dubai tournament. "I wasnt well before this and it wouldve been hard to lose in the first round, so I go now to Dubai with a positive feeling." Kvitova seemed on course to rebound in the second set, taking a 2-0 and then 3-1 lead. But from there it was all Jankovic, who won the final five games to set up a semifinal date against sixth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany. Kerber reached the Doha semifinals with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska in just 50 minutes. "The mental part is very important in a match like this," Kerber said. "I tried focusing on every point and stayed in the moment, stayed in the match." Cetkovska was the third straight Czech opponent the hard-hitting Kerber defeated here, beating Karolina Pliskova in the second round, Klara Zakapalova in the third round and Cetkovska in the quarterfinals. If Jankovic didnt defeat Kvitova, Kerber wouldve been playing a fourth Czech in the semifinals. Cetkovska, was clearly drained 24 hours after upsetting top seed and reigning Australian Open Li Na in a competitive three-set match on Thursday. The only game Cetkovska won in the quarterfinal was when she broke Kerbers serve in the second game of the first set. Radwanska, Jankovic and Kerber have reached the Doha semifinals without dropping a set. ' ' '

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