Serena Williams beat world number one Simona Halep in their women’s singles Round of 16 match to enter the quarter-finals of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Monday. The three sets win for the American (6-1, 4-6, 6-4), however, showed the intensity of the match even though the American raced away to win the first set 62, in just 21 minutes. The match lasted one hour 47 minutes as Serena blasted 42 winners as against Halep’s 24.
Serena Williams played the French Open last year but pulled out in the fourth round before reaching the finals of the Wimbledon and US Open. In Melbourne, Williams has looked in stunning form as was evident from her match Simon Halep, 10 years her junior.
It was supposed to be classic, befitting for a final at any Grand Slam tournament, but the American legend made it a one-sided match despite the Romanian producing a late back to extend the game.
Simona Halep started well when she broke Serena Williams in the first game of the match. But it was a Serena Williams show thereafter as she took the first set 6-1. But Halep fought back in the second set which she won 6-4, breaking Williams twice in the process. By conceding the second set, Serena Williams saw her 21-set winning streak at the Australian Open come to an end.
Serena and Halep were quite cautious in the decider but the former sealed the big break in the seventh game of the set and didn’t look back from there.
On Saturday, Serena Williams had crushed Dayana Yastremska 6-2, 6-1. Yastremska was in tears after the match but Williams consoled the Ukrainian teenager.
“As she was walking towards the net, I could tell she was quite upset,” Williams told reporters. “I kind of liked that. It shows she wasn’t just there to play a good match, she was there to win. She wanted to win. That really broke my heart.
“I think she’s a good talent. It’s good to see that attitude.”
Williams will now face seventh seed Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic for a place in the last four. Earlier, Pliskova defeated Garbine Muguruza in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.