A match made up of fight, drama and high-quality tennis from
A match made up of fight, drama and high-quality tennis from both players didn’t let down.
Williams, seeded 16th, salvaged three break points for 3-3 in the decider, crucially winning the next game to seize control.
The highly experienced American dismantled Halep’s play to race all the way through the opening set in 20 minutes.
Serena Williams underlined why she actually is the favourite to gain the Australian Open with a win over top seed Simona Halep in a high-quality last-16 match.
Williams, searching for her first Grand Slam title since coming back from pregnancy this past year, has won nine of her 10 meetings with Halep right now.
If Williams goes on to increase her record quantity of victories in Melbourne, she’ll equivalent Australian Margaret Court’s all-time tally of 24 Grand Slam titles.
Triumphantly punching the air with both arms simply because she gave a steely stare towards her box, Williams showed how much alleviation she felt at beating the global globe number one.
From the moment these two players were drawn in the same section of the Australian Open – and projected to meet within the last 16 – there had been a feeling of anticipation among tennis fans: Williams, the long-time former world number 1, taking on the existing holder, Halep.
Williams left the Melbourne masses stunned with the ease with which she dismantled Halep’s video game, specially the Romanian’s second serve, in a one-sided opening place.
Halep, who won her maiden Grand Slam finally year’s Roland Garros, broke Williams’ serve to love in the first game – which included a double fault on video game point – prior to the American settled down.
Yet Halep summoned every bit of her fighting characteristics to remain on serve in the next, reducing the unforced mistakes and making Williams move more to great success.
Halep earned 3 break points – her first possibilities of the ultimate collection – but a 171km/h serve straight down the middle, accompanied by a weak forehand from the Romanian and another booming serve, found the opportunity slip.
That allowed Williams to assume control at the key moment, Halep building another unforced mistake with a forehand to hand over the break.
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