Serena on course for a historic 23rd at Australian Open

Serena Williams has qualified for the semifinals at the Australian Open with a straight sets victory over British no. 1 Johanna Konta and remains on course to win a record 23rd Grand Slam title.

Williams, age 35, won 6-2 6-3 and will next play unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who beat fifth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-4.

A victory in the semifinal could set up an all American final with one of Coco Vandeweghe or Venus Williams and should she emerge victorious on Saturday it would bring her 23rd Grand Slam title, one more than the current record held by Steffi Graff.

Unfortunately, the former world number one cannot regain her spot at the summit of the WTA World Tour rankings with a win in Melbourne. Two thousand and thirty-five points (2035) sit between her and current no. 1 Angelique Kerber, thirty-five more than what is awarded to the winner of a Grand Slam.

One suspects that Williams is not overly bothered by thoughts of regaining a spot she already holds the record for (186 weeks at the top form 2013 to 2016), rather her eye will be on the big picture, but first Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

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