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Serena edges top seed Halep to reach quarters

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 22, 2019 12:18

Serena edges top seed Halep to reach quarters

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. French Open champion Halep broke Williams’ serve in the first game but that was the only one the Romanian 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.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.Following an attritional first few games, the seven-times Australian Open champion got the crucial break of serve in the seventh game of the decider and sealed the match in an hour and 47 minutes when Halep hit a forehand out.The victory was a major step towards the 37-year-old U.S. great equalling Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam wins as she powered into the last eight.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 22, 2019 12:18

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