Serena and Safina Reach Aussie Final

Federer beats Roddick in straight sets
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2009 7:14 AM CST
Russia's Elena Dementieva reacts after missing a point as she plays Serena Williams of the United States during their Women's singles semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne,...   (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)
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(Newser) – Serena Williams steamrolled into her fourth Australian Open final today with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Elena Dementieva. The No. 2 seed hit 10 aces while Dementieva stumbled with strings of double faults. Williams will face Dinara Safina, who won her semifinal in straight sets over Vera Zvonareva. The matches took place indoors as Melbourne continued to endure a once-in-a-century heatwave, reports the Telegraph.

After her match Williams paid her respects to Roger Federer: "I thought if I could add a little more spin and could play like Roger there's no way I could lose."