Serena seals Halep victory, rounds out Aussie Open QFs

Tanya Simon
January 21, 2019

The American defeated her opponent 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena to reach a 12th Australian Open quarter-final.

Under severe pressure from the Romanian, and with her movement skills properly tested, she won 6-1 4-6 6-4 in an hour and 47 minutes.

Williams will meet Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals after the Czech's win over Garbine Muguruza, with the victor set to face either Naomi Osaka or Elina Svitolina.

'I'm such a fighter I just never give up.

Speaking on court, Williams said: "It was a really intense match, some incredible points".

On Saturday, Serena Williams had crushed Dayana Yastremska 6-2, 6-1.

Women's fourth seed Naomi Osaka was more composed as she beat crafty Latvian Anastasija in three sets to set up a meeting with ambitious Ukrainian Elina Svitolina for a place in the semi-finals.

Serena Williams suffered an embarrassing gaffe before her game at with Simona Halep at the Australian Open.

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Halep broke Williams' serve in the first game and that was the only one she managed for the rest of the opening set.

"She's the number one player in the world and there's a reason why". It's just great to be back out playing again on this court.

Things got off to a odd start when the American walked out upon hearing "please welcome the world No 1" from the announcer, only to have to sheepishly walk straight back into the tunnel on realising her mistake (she is now ranked 16th).

"I think the biggest thing for me is the belief".

"I'm feeling great. I always feel good energy here", the 2016 US Open finalist said.

Williams who won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with her daughter, resumed her professional career previous year and immediately reached the finals of two Grand Slams (Wimbledon and US Open) during her first season since returning from maternity leave.

So furious was he with his form, the 21-year-old had a major temper tantrum in the second set, whacking his racquet into the ground eight times to leave it a crumpled mess. "In order for me to stay out there, I just had to play a little bit like I knew I could, and I did".

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, who was taken to four sets by teenage Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the third round, plays later against another young gun in Russia's Medvedev, seeded 15.

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