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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 January 2007, 05:30 GMT
Aussie Open day 11 photos

Nicole Vaidisova

Nicole Vaidisova comes out fighting against Serena Williams in their singles semi-final and won the first two games

Serena Williams

But Serena battles back and takes the first set on the tie-break, much to her delight

Serena Williams

And she goes on to win through to the final in straight sets - her first Grand Slam final for two years

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova takes a tight first set against Kim Clijsters in the second ladies' semi-final

Kim Clijsters stretches for the ball

Clijsters tries to get back into the match but is broken early in the second set as her opponent takes control

Sharapova celebrates

Sharapova cruises to a 6-4 6-2 win over the Belgian and meets Williams in an intriguing final

Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters

The Russian says farewell to Clijsters on the Belgian's final appearance in Melbourne

Kim Clijsters

Crowd favourite Clijsters waves for the final time as she prepares for retirement at the end of the season

Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett

Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett cover all the angles in their men's doubles semi-final at the Rod Laver Arena

Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi

But Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi are too strong for them, going through to the final in three sets

Roger Federer plays a return to Andy Roddick

Roger Federer's superb form continues in Melbourne as he races to a 6-4 6-0 lead over Andy Roddick

Roddick wipes his brow

Roddick fails to gain any foothold in the match as Federer produces some magical tennis to ease ahead in the third set

Federer celebrates

The world number one wins in straight sets 6-4 6-0 6-3 with a breathtaking display in less than an hour and a half



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