Having only two wins remaining to lift 24th Grand Slam Crown, the former World No.1 Serena Williams reserved her place at the Australian Open 2021 semifinal after defeating Simona Halep in the straight sets(6-3, 6-3).
In the most anticipated match at Melbourne Park, No.10 seed Serena Williams locked horns with No.2 seed Simona Halep for a semifinal spot on Tuesday. Since the beginning of the quarterfinal match, the 39-years-old American kept her hand up against the 29-years-old woman from Romania.
Junior Williams landed four aces and took an hour and 24 minutes to steer past World No.2 Simona Halep into the semifinal of this year Down Under major event.
“I definitely think this is the best match I’ve played this tournament for sure,” Serena William said in her on-court interview.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion continued, “Obviously I had to, going up against No.2 in the world. I knew I had to do better, and that’s what I did. I’ve been watching her, and I’m sure she’s been watching me.”
“I Had An Incredibly Long, Arduous Off-Season”, says Serena Williams
World No.10 played a very few matches in the last season due to COVID-19 hiatus and injury concerns, but she had a hard pre-season.
On the other hand, Williams began the new season with a semifinal appearance at Melbourne WTA 500. And now she became the last four at the Aussie Open.
“I feel like this is such a good opportunity for me just to keep doing my best. It’s the first Grand Slam of the year for me. I had an incredibly long, arduous off-season. And so, I’m honestly happy with every win I get,” the 2017 Australian Open champion added.
“Going To Be A Heap Of Fun”, Naomi Osaka on Her Semi-Final Match
For the Australian Open 2021 championship match place, former champions Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will lock horns on Thursday.
Speaking about her next opponent, Naomi Osaka said, “I know my next opponent is Serena or Halep. I normally watch Serena’s matches anyway, but everyone’s told me about my draw here, so I kind of had no choice but to know who my next opponent is. But definitely it’s going to be a heap of fun.”
While Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka faced each other four times so far, Japanese levels American 2-2 in their head to head series.