American tennis player Serena Jameka Williams has defeated World No. 1 Simona Halep 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to earn her spot in the quarterfinals of 2019 Australia Open.
Simona Halep is a Romanian professional tennis player and has been the current world No. 1 on the WTA Tour, a ranking she first achieved in October 2017.
This was one of the most exciting matches of the tournament thus far, as both women played at an extremely high level, according to Tennis.com.
The reward for Serena Williams is a quarter-final against Karolina Pliskova, Czech professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 and is currently ranked No. 7, reported theguardian.
Pliskova beat Williams in the US Open in 2016 – but Williams turned the tables on the Czech at Flushing Meadows last year.
The American will start as the heavy favourite, though Pliskova will have a chance with her big serve.
In her speech, Serena Williams told theguardian: “It was an intense match and there were some incredible points. But I love playing tennis. It’s really cool to be back out playing on this court. I really needed to elevate my game. She’s the number one player in the world.”
She added: “I’m such a fighter. I just never give up. It’s definitely something that’s innate. It’s a miracle I’m here and I get to do something I enjoy. This is my job and it’s a super pleasure. That keeps me motivated and keep fighting for every point.”
Serving to stay in the match, Williams fell to 0-15 after a tight error. Halep wasn’t going anywhere just yet.
A brutal rally ensued – but Williams won it with a brilliant forehand.
Then she made it 30-15 with a quick serve, before earning two match points with a marvellous backhand from left to right.
Halep went for broke – but it was all over when she sent a forehand long!
That’s it! The world No1’s out after a titanic tussle. They share a warm embrace at the net – it was a spectacular match in the end.