Australian Open 2021: Serena Williams overpowers Simona Halep to reach 40th Grand Slam semifinal

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Australian Open 2021: Serena Williams overpowers Simona Halep to reach 40th Grand Slam semifinal- 10th seeded Serena Williams on Tuesday thrashed World No.2 Simona Halep to book her place in the Australian Open 2021 semifinals. The 23 times Grand Slam Champion beat the Romanian 6-3, 6-3 in straight sets that lasted an hour and 21 minutes. The 39-year-old will next face Naomi Osaka who had defeated her in US Open final 2018. Serena is only Grand Slam away with Margaret Court (24 Grand Slams).

Serena was in an emphatic mood in the first set and she did not give Halep any chance and as a result, the American star won the first set 6-3. Serena hit 14 winners to win the opening set.

In the second set, Halep gained a 3-1 lead, but Serena managed to come back to bring the scoreline level at 3-3. Carrying on her with her momentum, Serena made the winning charge and as a result, she ended up winning the match in straight sets.

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“I just realised I was making a lot of unforced errors and I was like ‘stay in there, keep going’ and that’s what I did,” said Serena after her victory, adding, “This is definitely the best match I’ve played in this tournament so far and I had to do that going up against the number two in the world, so that’s what I did and I’m excited.

“Last year my coach Patrick had a little talk with me on how I had to do better on my defence.”

She has not added to her Grand Slam tally since beating her sister Venus in the Australian Open final in 2017.

Earlier in the day, Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka advanced to the semi-finals of the ongoing Australian Open after overpowering Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh on Tuesday.

The three-time Grand Slam champion Osaka defeated Hsieh in two consecutive sets and sealed a comfortable victory in 66 minutes at Rod Laver Arena. The world number three smashed seven aces in her dominating victory to extend the winning streak to 19 matches.