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Serena closes door on Kuznetsova

Serena Williams was wilting away under the stifling heat, and it was the critical decision to close the roof on Rod Laver Arena that changed her fortunes and propelled her into the Australian Open semifinals.

Originally Published: January 28, 2009
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- The anticipated record heat wave finally descended over Melbourne, blanketing the city, with only the rarest tease of a breeze as the Serena Williams-Svetlana Kuznetsova quarterfinal match went off under oppressive midday conditions on Wednesday.

The air was still and stifling. And the personality of the match was initially flat and functional, void of any player emotion.

Three female fans sitting together in the stands said it best with notes ...

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