Serena Williams through to Australia Open Quarter Finals after defeating Halep

Serena Williams through to Australia Open Quarter Finals after defeating Halep

Serena Williams through to Australia Open Quarter Finals after defeating Halep

Serena Williams has been the world No.1 women's singles player for a long, long time in her career but on Monday at the Australian Open, she was up against a world No.1 for the first time since 2013 and there was a hilarious confusion before the iconic match at the Rod Laver Arena.

"It was an intense match and there were some incredible points, but I love being here", she said. I love playing tennis, I love this court and it's really cool to be back out here playing.

Before the match, Halep said if she wanted to beat Williams at her best, she needed to move her around the court and dictate the pace of the game. I had to play how I knew I could. I don't know, it's definitely something that's innate.

Down 3-2 and having just saved three break points, Williams was two serves from surviving the toughest game of her tournament.

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

Williams was breathing increasingly heavily in a pulsating encounter but dug herself out of a hole to level at 3-3 after a fired-up Halep saw three break points come and go.

Williams, a seven-time victor in Melbourne, was now embroiled in a titanic slug-fest with Halep relishing the occasion under the lights.

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

Williams will face Karolina Pliskova next, who continued her successful start to 2019 to advance to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year by beating former No. 1 Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-1 in a lopsided fourth-round match. "So I didn't answer the question exactly but that's my feeling".

But the American broke back in the next, racing to the net for an overhead smash when one of her powerfully hit returns flew high off Halep's racquet.

She made two more Grand Slam finals previous year only to lose the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open but this triumph over the world's leading player felt like another hugely significant step on the road to regaining her old dominance.

Roger Federer and Serena Williams are probably the two most important people in tennis ever as players obviously, but in general as ambassadors, Wilander posits.

"I came back. Nike always wants to make an incredibly strong, powerful statement for mums that are trying to get back and get fit".

She gave birth to a daughter in September 2017, then sat out last year's Australian Open.

This little moment in the big match showed yet again that no one responds to adversity like Serena Williams. I did and I think that was the difference.

"The world's number one player", he started as Serena walked out. And the 2018 runner-up lived up to the billing after she got over the initial train wreck of a first set. I keep fighting for every point'.

Since taking over as Serena's coach, Mouratoglou has guided her to 10 major titles, three WTA Tour crowns and an Olympic gold medal.

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