Last updated on: January 21, 2019 at 10:59 pm IST
MELBOURNE, January 21: Serena Williams staved off a spectacular fightback from world number one Simona Halep to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.
French Open champion Halep broke Williams’ serve in the first game but that was the only one she managed for the rest of the opening set as the 23-time Grand Slam champion bulldozed her way through the set in 20 minutes, serving it out with an ace.
The victory was a major step towards the 37-year-old US great equalling Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam wins as she powered into the last eight.
It looked as if she would breeze through the match after the opening set mauling she had handed out but the world number one Halep had other plans as she fought back to level the contest at one set apiece 1-1 after breaking Williams a second time. (Agencies)