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Australian Open: Sharapova, Williams, Murray into final

Serena Williams has five titles from five finals at Melbourne Park, and earned a chance at another one when she advanced to a championship match against Maria Sharapova, who has one Australian title from three trips to the final.

Williams of the U.S. reacts after winning the first set against compatriot Keys during their women's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in MelbourneTop-ranked Serena Williams, 33, beat 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in an all-American semifinal Today, after Sharapova, 27, beat fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova, 26, 6-3,6-2 in straight sets.

murrayThe British number one Andy Murray, 27, has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating Czech Tomas Berdych, 29, in a tension-filled semi-final to earn one more shot at a long elusive title.

In the night match, sixth-seeded Murray beat No. 7 Berdych 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5. There was obvious animosity between the players due to a coach switching from the Murray to the Berdych camp.

An aggravated Murray bristled when Berdych spoke a few words to him after the first-set tiebreaker, and yelled profanities throughout the match. TV cameras appeared to show his fiancee, Kim Sears, uttering expletives in support.

Murray, the former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion, said the emotional reactions were understandable given the hype leading into the match.