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Australian Open: Serena Williams muscles past top seed Simona Halep into quarters

AP
Published Jan 21, 2019, 3:55 pm IST
Updated Jan 21, 2019, 3:59 pm IST
Serena defeated world number one Halep to keep her quest for a 24th major Grand Slam alive.
Serena set up a last eight clash with Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova. (Photo: AP)
 Serena set up a last eight clash with Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova. (Photo: AP)

Melbourne: Serena Williams faced her first real test at this year's Australian Open and emerged with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over No. 1-ranked Simona Halep to reach the quarterfinals.

It was a back-and-forth match filled with momentum swings and terrific play by both.

 

Williams gained control for good after saving three break points in a monumental game to hold for 3-all in the third set. She then broke for a 4-3 lead and finally was on her way.

The 37-year-old American is trying to win an eighth championship at Melbourne Park and record-tying 24th Grand Slam title overall.

Williams next meets 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova.

 

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