Serena through to set up Sharapova final

MELBOURNE: Top seed Serena Williams outgunned fellow American Madison Keys in a semi final slugfest Thursday to set up a dream Australian Open final against Russian arch rival Maria Sharapova.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion downed the unseeded Keys 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 after the gallant 19 year-old saved eight match points to advance to her 23rd Slam final.