The Latest: Williams wins semifinal at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Six-time champion Serena Williams has beaten Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 to advance to her seventh Australian Open final.

With the roof closed on Rod Laver Arena because of rain showers in the area, Williams broke Radwanska’s service to open the match and was rarely troubled in the 21-minute first set.

The No. 4-ranked Radwanska broke Williams’ serve to level the second set at 3-3, but Williams broke Radwanska’s serve in the ninth game and closed with three aces and a forehand winner to win the match in 1 hour, 4 minutes.

Britain’s Johanna Konta plays Angelique Kerber in the second semifinal, with the winner facing Williams in Saturday night’s championship match.

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2:10 p.m.

Six-time champion Serena Williams has taken the first set 6-0 in her Australian Open singles semifinal against Agnieszka Radwanska.

With the roof closed on Rod Laver Arena because of rain showers in the area, Williams broke Radwanska’s service to open the match and was rarely troubled in the 21-minute set.

The No. 4-ranked Radwanska had just one winner in the opening set — a forehand cross-court shot in the fourth game. Williams had 18 winners in the first set.

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12:35 p.m.

Jamie Murray and Brazil’s Bruno Soares are through to the men’s doubles final at the Australian Open after a 6-3, 6-1 win over the French team of Adrian Mannarino and Lucas Pouille.

Murray and Soares will play the winners of a later semifinal Thursday between Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek and Pablo Cuevas and Marcel Granollers in Saturday’s final.

Jamie Murray and his brother Andy are two of three British players in the later stages of this year’s tournament.

Australian-born Johanna Konta, who now has British citizenship, plays a women’s semifinal against Angelique Kerber on Rod Laver Arena after defending champion Serena Williams takes on Agnieszka Radwanska.

Andy Murray will play a men’s singles semifinal on Friday against Milos Raonic.

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12:05 p.m.

Play is under way at the Australian Open on Thursday, with a men’s doubles match involving Andy Murray’s older brother Jamie providing a prelude to the women’s singles semifinals.

Jamie Murray and Brazil’s Bruno Soares are taking on the French team of Adrian Mannarino and Lucas Pouille in a semifinal on Rod Laver Arena.

Following that, defending champion Serena Williams will attempt to stay in the hunt for a seventh singles title when she plays Agnieszka Radwanska. Another British player, Johanna Konta, is in the other semifinal against Angelique Kerber.

The first men’s semifinal between defending champion Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer is scheduled later Thursday. It will be their 45th meeting, and the series is tied at 22.

Andy Murray plays his semifinal on Friday against Milos Raonic.

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