Maria through to fourth Australian Open final

Maria is through to her fourth Australian Open final in Melbourne after she defeated No.10 seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia. Maria won 6-3 6-2 in an hour and 27 minutes as she advanced to her second straight final of 2015.

This is Maria’s tenth consecutive win this year (four wins in Brisbane and six wins in Melbourne).

Maria got the first break of the first set with a forehand return winner to lead 2-0. Makarova broke in the seventh game to get the set back on serve. Maria immediately broke serve in the next game to lead 5-3 and held her own serve to take the set 6-3 in 48 minutes. Maria had 15 winners throughout the set compared to Makarova’s five winners.

Maria continued her good form in set two as she Makarova’s serve twice to lead 4-0. At 5-2, Maria came out to serve for a place in the final and duly delivered, at 40-15, Makarova hit a backhand winner as Maria advanced to her tenth Grand Slam final.

Throughout the match, Maria hit 23 winners and had a first serve percentage of  55%. Maria won 81% of points on first serve and 50% on second serve.

In Saturday’s final, Maria will play No.1 seed Serena Williams of the United States. Maria has played Williams eighteen times before and trails the series 2-16, here are the matches they have played against each other:
2004 Miami R4: Williams won 6-4 6-3
2004 Wimbledon Final: Maria won 6-1 6-4
2004 WTA Championships Final: Maria won 4-6 6-2 6-4
2005 Australian Open Semi-Final: Williams won 2-6 7-5 8-6
2007 Australian Open Final: Williams won 6-1 6-2
2007 Miami R4: Williams won 6-1 6-1
2008 Charleston Quarter-Final: Williams won 7-5 4-6 6-1
2010 Wimbledon R4: Williams won 7-6 6-4
2011 Stanford Quarter-Final: Williams won 6-1 6-3
2012 Madrid Quarter-Final: Williams won 6-1 6-3
2012 Olympics Final: Williams won 6-0 6-1
2012 WTA Championships Semi-final: Williams won 6-4 6-3
2013 Doha Semi-final: Williams won 6-3 6-2
2013 Miami Final: Williams won 4-6 6-3 6-0
2013 Madrid Final: Williams won 6-1 6-4
2013 French Open Final: Williams won 6-4 6-4
2014 Brisbane Semi-Final: Williams won 6-2 7-6
2014 Miami Semi-Final: Williams won 6-4 6-3