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Monday, 21 January 2019

Australian Open: Serena Williams Defeats World No.1 Simona Halep, Reaches Quarter-Finals

Serena Williams has reached the Australian Open quarter finals after a 6-1 4-6 6-4 win over top seed Simona Halep in a high-quality last-16 match.

The 37-year-old American dismantled Halep's game to race through the opening set in 20 minutes.

Romania's Halep, 27, recovered in the second, breaking in what proved to be the final game.

Williams, seeded 16th, saved three break points at 3-3 in the decider, crucially winning the next game to seize control.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion comfortably held her next service game to edge closer, then served out for victory in one hour and 47 minutes.

Triumphantly punching the air with both arms as she gave a steely stare towards her box, Williams showed how much relief she felt at beating the world number one.

"It was really intense match and some incredible points but I love playing tennis and being out here," said Williams.

"I really needed to elevate my game, I had to play like I knew I could and that was hopefully the difference.

"I'm such a fighter I just never give up. It's definitely something that's innate. It's a miracle I'm here and I get to do something I enjoy. I keep fighting for every point."

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