Serena Williams beats Simona Halep in three sets at Australian Open

 Serena Williams beats Simona Halep in three sets at Australian Open

Williams wins marathon in Melbourne

Serena Williams saw off a mammoth challenge from world No1 Simona Halep to book her place in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory on Monday.

The seven-time champion raced through the opening set in around 20 minutes, winning six straight games to take charge of the contest on Rod Laver Arena.

But despite going a break down in the second, Halep showed resolve to twice break Williams and force a deciding set as she went toe-to-toe with the American.
With serve at 3-2 in the third, Williams saw off three break points before herself breaking Halep to put one foot in the last eight in a decisive 10-minute spell which underlined the fine margins involved at this level.

And she served out the remainder of the third set for victory.
Halep 1-6, 6-4, 3-4 Williams

Hard to believe Williams won six straight games in the opening set. Halep has gone toe-to-toe with her since those brutal opening minutes of this contest.

But there’s a chance for the American to take charge of the final set here. She gets a breakpoint and Halep puts her forehand into the net.

The fine margins of Grand Slam tennis on show here, as Halep passes up three break points before Williams wrestles control.

Ayomide Oyewole

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