Serena Williams takes the spoils in Australian Open Simona Halep epic
Serena Williams came through a major test at the Australian Open, beating world number one Simona Halep to move into the quarter-finals.
Williams needed just 20 minutes to claim the first set before Halep could even settle, but ultimately had to fight hard for her 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win.
Halep enjoyed the best of a tight second set, breaking Williams’final service game to pinch the set.
The decider was even tighter, but swung Williams way when she held under huge pressure from Halep before breaking the following game.
“I’m such a fighter. I never give up.”
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019
“It was an intense match and there were some incredible points, but I love being here,” Williamd said.
Williams now faces Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals after the Czech breezed past Garbine Muguruza in straight sets.
More from Tennis365:
Tim Henman on Emma Raducanu’s search for a new coach: ‘I’m sure there will be lots of interest in the job’
“She needs to sit down and see who is available.”
Leylah Fernandez ‘can’t wait to compete again’ after receiving ‘pretty good advice’ from Maria Sharapova
“She’s a great inspiration to kind of look up to.”
Former British No 1 explains why winning another Grand Slam ‘is a step too far’ for Andy Murray
Andy Murray’s “game is definitely trending in the right direction”, but there is a but.
ATP Indian Wells draw: Tricky path for Andy Murray with potential Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev clashes looming
This way for your BNP Paribas Open draw.
Emma Raducanu gives her first big press conference since the US Open as she prepares for return
Emma Raducanu has attempted to dampen down expectations.
Emma Raducanu adds another event to her schedule as former British No 1 joins coaching set-up for Indian Wells
The 18-year-old is playing in Indian Wells this week.
Dominic Thiem has ‘very, very good news’ as he gives positive update on wrist injury
Dominic Thiem will soon be able to hold a racket again.
ATP to probe ‘serious’ abuse claims against Alexander Zverev: ‘We have a responsibility to address them’
“We understand Zverev welcomes our investigation.”
WTA Indian Wells draw: Emma Raducanu finds out path as potential Simona Halep blockbuster looms
Emma Raducanu set for her WTA 1000 debut and has a bye into the second round.
Emma Raducanu set for huge breakthrough in WTA rankings as she prepares to return to action
Raducanu’s remarkable rise up the WTA rankings is set to reach a new peak next week.