Serena Williams beat sister Venus in straight sets to win her seventh Australian Open and an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.
Maria Sharapova has been provisionally banned from tennis after she revealed on Monday she tested positive at the Australian Open for a recently banned drug that she has been taking for 10 years for health reasons.
World No. 1, Novak Djokovic on Thursday advanced to his sixth Australian Open final with a 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory over a gallant Roger Federer at the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne.
Women world number one, Serena Williams is on course for her 22nd Singles title at a Grand Slam event after a convincing victory over longtime rival, Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and world number three Roger Federer are through to the last eight of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Defending champion Serena Williams, on Wednesday defeated Hsieh Su-wei to charge into third of the Australian Open.