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  • Serena takes aim at pocket rocket as Venus finds Keys
    Serena takes aim at pocket rocket as Venus finds Keys

    Top seed Serena Williams is aiming to shoot down Slovak pocket rocket Dominika Cibulkova in the Australian Open quarter-finals Wednesday, as resurgent sister Venus plays the generation game with teen Madison Keys. The American siblings, for so long a dominant force in women's tennis, will meet in a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time since Wimbledon 2000 if they win their respective last eight clashes. Serena, 33, has progressed in typical fashion so far -- drifting along until she needs to flip the turbo and power past an opponent -- while 34-year-old Venus has been a revelation after a long illness. Serena is chasing her sixth Australian title and 19th Grand Slam overall, which would take her to clear second after Steffi Graf's 22 on the all-time Open-Era tally, with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova also sitting on 18.

  • New breed take on old guard in men's Open showdowns
    New breed take on old guard in men's Open showdowns

    Japanese superstar Nishikori ousted Raonic, Wawrinka and Djokovic on the way to losing to Marin Cilic in last year's US Open final when he became the first Asian man to contest a Grand Slam decider. Big-serving Canadian Raonic hasn't beaten world number one and tournament favourite Djokovic in four meetings, but he has been serving up a storm in Melbourne over the past week.

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