Serena Beats Top Seed Halep To Reach Australian Open Quarters
Serena Williams

Serena Williams avenged sister Venus’ loss to top seed Simona Halep with a 6-1 4-6 6-4 win to reach the Australian Open quarter final.

Halep had defeated Serena’s sister Venus to set up the tie with Serena.

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The 37-year-old Serena dismantled Halep’s game to race through the opening set in 20 minutes.

Romania’s Halep, 27, recovered in the second, breaking in what proved to be the final game.

Williams, seeded 16th, saved three break points at 3-3 in the decider, crucially winning the next game to seize control.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion comfortably held her next service game to edge closer, then served out for victory in one hour and 47 minutes.

Triumphantly punching the air with both arms as she gave a steely stare towards her box, Williams showed how much relief she felt at beating the world number one.

“It was an intense match and there were some incredible points, but I love being here,” she said.

Searching for her first Grand Slam title since coming back from pregnancy last year, Williams has now won nine of her 10 meetings with Halep.

The seven-time champion will meet Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova, who beat Spain’s two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza earlier on Monday, in the last eight.

If Williams goes on to extend her record victories in Melbourne, she will equal Australian Margaret Court’s all-time tally of 24 Grand Slam titles.