Venus Williams put on a competitive show, but her ending in Australia was all too familiar.
Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka won the battles of resolve, and their reward: a date in the Australian Open final.
Maria Sharapova wasn't at peak form in Wednesday's quarterfinals. Neither was Petra Kvitova. But both women had enough experience and power game to overcome their underdog opponents to advance to the Aussie Open semis.
The Serena Williams who is known for her determination and fighting spirit wasn't in Melbourne on Monday. Instead, Williams was beaten at her own game Down Under.