After a couple of shaky starts in her previous matches, Serena Williams saved her fans any more heart palpitations by crushing the defending champion, Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-0, 6-3 in 1 hour, 5 minutes under the lights Thursday in a semi-final of the Sony Open.
Radwanska had only won one set off Serena in four previous meetings and from the first ball there did not seem much chance of her improving on that dismal record. Serena went straight into her best rhythm, driving balls off both flanks into the far corners of the court. The tall Polish player chased as best she could, but not until the second set did she manage to engage her opponent in any meaningful rallies.
So Serena goes into her eighth final of a tournament she has already won five times. "I have to do well here," she told the crowd. "I'm from south Florida and all my friends and family are here. I'm excited because I'm in the final again."
A shriek of approval greeted that remark and there is no doubt that the younge...