Australian Open: Johanna Konta Run Ends as Serena Williams Thunders into Final

Johanna Konta after losing her semi-final match against Angelique Kerber on January 28, in Melbourne, Australia. Konta will rise into the world’s top 30 thanks to her progress at the Australian Open. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Johanna Konta's fairytale run to the Australian Open semi-finals came to a crashing halt on Thursday as the British No. 1 fell in straight sets to Angelique Kerber of Germany.

Konta, the first British woman to appear in a Grand Slam semi-final since Jo Durie in 1983, lost 7-5, 6-2 in Melbourne as Kerber advanced to her first major final, where she will face the reigning champion Serena Williams.

Konta had beaten Williams's sister Venus en route to what was her own first Grand Slam semi-final, but Kerber played the tighter game, forcing a multitude of unforced errors from the woman born in Sydney who only transferred allegiance to Britain in 2012.

She will still rise into the world's top 30 thanks to her progress in the year's first Grand Slam, having begun 2015 ranked 148th in the world.

World No. 1 Williams appears unstoppable, blitzing fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 to make her seventh Australian Open final. She has not dropped a set in getting there and will equal Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam titles should she beat Kerber.

Radwanksa's admission after the match was telling. "If she's playing her best tennis like she was playing today in the first set, it's a big difference actually. I don't think anyone can really play on that level," the Pole said.

Andy Murray plays Milos Raonic in the early hours of Friday morning, with the winner meeting the victor from the match between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the men's singles final.

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