Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/8/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28: Serena Williams of the United States of America plays a backhand in her semifinal match against Na Li of China during day eleven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
(January 5, 2013) Serena Williams captured her 47th  career title by dominating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1 in less than an hour in the final of Brisbane International. Williams has won 35 of her last 36 tour matches with triumphs at Wimbledon, the Olympics, the U.S. Open, the WTA Championships.   Pavlyuchenkova who  along with Williams, trains at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy said to Williams during the trophy ceremony, “I always feel like I don’t know how to play tennis when I play against you.” Both women were on a recent training trip to Mauritius but did not practice together.   “When she’s on fire, well, I feel like there is not much I can do. I mean, she’s a great player and she deserves to win.”   Williams says she’s on top of her game, “I was looking at a lot of old matches on YouTube, and I feel like right now I’m playing some of my best tennis….I feel like I want to do better and play better still.”   “Everything just came together with the right timing with me wanting to do better, with me wanting to work hard, (Mauratoglou) being there and having everything to work hard, and having the same mind frame of playing matches for the way I like to play,” Williams said. “So I think life is about timing, and it was just good timing.”   Williams, currently at No. 3, can move into the top spot in the rankings by winning the Australian Open. This would make her at the 31, the oldest woman to have the No. 1 ranking since Christ Evert was a month shy of her 31st birthday in 1985. Andy Murray moved into the final when his opponent Kei Nishikori was forced to retire with a left knee injury while trailing 6-4, 2-0. No. 3 Murray enters his second straight final in the Brisbane and will face Grigor Dimitrov in the final. Dimitov stopped Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5).   RESULTS – SATURDAY, 5 JANUARY, 2013 Singles – Semi-finals [1] A Murray (GBR) d [5] K Nishikori (JPN) 64 20 ret. (left knee) G Dimitrov (BUL) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 63 57 76(5) Doubles – Semi-finals M Melo (BRA) / T Robredo (ESP) d G Dimitrov (BUL) / K Nishikori (JPN) W/O (Nishikori – left knee) SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 6 JANUARY, 2013 PAT RAFTER ARENA start 1:00 pm [1] E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS) vs M Melo (BRA) / T Robredo (ESP) Not Before 2:00 PM [1] A Murray (GBR) vs G Dimitrov (BUL)
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