Serena Williams (WTA 16) was Monday placed for the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne. They defeated in the fourth round of the Romanian Simona Halep, the number 1 in the world, in three sets.
Williams took it after 1 hour and 47 minutes with 6-1, 4-6 and 6-4.
To advance to the semi-finals, Williams over the Czech Karolina Pliskova (WTA 8). Who won earlier in the day with 6-3 and 6-1 of the Spanish Garbine Muguruza (WTA 18).
Halep had in the previous round Venus Williams (WTA 36), the older sister of Serena, the tournament gekegeld. But against a big hitter Serena Williams, whom she the previous eight meetings had lost, had Halep did not have a story. After barely 25 minutes to put the American in the first set in the bag.
In the second set was the match more balanced. Halep decorated with 4-5 set point on the service of Williams and could immediately redeem. In the third set forced Williams to 3-3 in the decision with a break.
Simona Halep (27) lost last year’s final, Caroline Wozniacki. The Danish was, in its turn, already in the third round against Maria Sharapova.
Serena Williams (37) won the Australian Open seven times (in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017). Last year was missing them ‘down under’ because of her pregnancy. The U.s. is aiming for a 24th [in singles. Thus, she would be at the same height of the recordhoudster Margaret Court.
An attentive spectator at the Rod Laver Arena was Thierry Van Cleemput. A day after his collaboration with David Goffin was stopped, he followed the duel in the box of Halep. He had also been the training of the Romanian attended. Halep is since november without trainer after she broke up with the Australian Darren Cahill. (belga)