Former Champion Serena Williams outplayed the World No 1 Simona Halep in a three-set thriller to enter into the Australian Open 2019 quarterfinals on Monday. She continued with her quest for 24th grand slam singles title with an epic 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win against the Romanian in a colossal clash at the Rod Laver Arena.
The seven-time Aussie champion Williams made a sloppy start with losing the first game to the 27-year-old last year’s runner-up after a double fault during her serve. But she hurriedly caught up with her opponent to finish the first set in just 20 minutes.
Halep came back from behind in the second set to level the score, pushing it to third set. She took the game around with tremendous efforts and led the tenth game 30-0. She notched 12 winners and had just two unforced errors in 37 minutes to proceed to the third set.
The fourth round match was nothing less than a final as the World No 1 and 2 gave their finest performances in the decider set when they went toe to toe.
After bringing forth taunting tasks from both players, Williams finally broke Halep and served her way to wrap up the match in one hour and 47 minutes.
Although Halep is the top seed, she lost eight times in the nine previous encounters with the 38-year-old American.
Williams will play Karolina Pliskova – a rematch of their 2018 US Open quarterfinal, which Williams won.