After having faced a nightmare opponent in the previous round, No.2 seed Simona Halep set up a blockbuster clash with her best rival and 23-time Grand Slam champion none other than Serena Williams at the Australian Open 2021 quarterfinal.
For reaching quarterfinal for the fifth time at the Aussie Open, Halep landed three aces and converted four out of the ten breakpoints in the pre-quarterfinal this year.
However, Simona Halep will now face Serena Williams for a semifinal place at the Melbourne Park elite tournament on Tuesday.
Ahead of the most outstanding player clash, Halep said, “Serena is a legend. The best. I don’t have to overthink that I’m playing against them, it’s not a good idea. But I have so many matches with her. I will try to play as well as I can because that’s the only way you can beat her.”(Quotes translated into English via Google translator)
“At The Moment I am Ready For Any Opponent”: Serena Williams on Quarterfinal
Looking for a record-equalling Grand Slam title at the first major event of the 2021 season, the 39-years-old American confirmed her quarterfinal place after defeating No.7 seed Aryna Sabalenka in the three sets.
Before confirming a quarterfinal opponent, Junior Williams admitted that she would be ready to battle against anyone in the post-match interview.
Serena continued, “At the moment I am ready for any opponent. I feel ready for both a match with Simona Halep and one with Iga Swiatek (no in the meantime, Simona has passed Swiatek). I never played with Iga. These are the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. I’ve been here more times than I could count. This is the right attitude for me. I will be ready for any of the players.”
Anyhow, the seven-time Australian Open title winner will lock horns with 2018 runner-up Simona Halep in the quarterfinal and leads in their head-to-head record 9-3.