MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams took a big step to victory record tying 24, the title of Grand Slam singles Monday, where she won the top seed Simona Halep, 6-1 , 4-6, 6-4, f'sitba of.
"It was a very intense match, some incredible points," said Williams after a television interview on the court after. "I really needed to add to my game. No player is. 1 in the world, and there is a reason. "
Williams, 37, appeared slow in the beginning of the game, lost the opening match with & # 39; equipment & # 39; shooting is not bad not bad. But then began to turn on the jets, by playing with power and precision, and did not allow her Romanian opponent finds the pace of its usual. The first set ended in & # 39; 20 minutes.
Halep, 27, among the most tenacious players in pro tennis, fought back gamely, and came back from an early break & # 39; serve to take the second set.
In the third set, the points started playing with & # 39; longer rallies, more like how Halep. Williams, however, broke serve midway through & # 39; that the last stanza. It closed the game on the service, with little resistance from Halep.
The Williams Halep match, played before a packed crowd of 15, 000 Rhodes Laver Arena, was rare case where player with the highest grade was considered the underdog. Halep had to face not only a formidable opponent with 23 major title, only seven from Melbourne, but Williams has dominated the career record per capita, winning eight times and losing once.
This is the first kampjonata played Williams in Melbourne when she won the title in 2017, shortly after learned she was pregnant with her daughter, Olympia Ohanian, now 1. Monday was the first time it was facing No. 1 seed since returned from maternity leave the the year the other.
Williams made the final in the last season in & # 39; Wimbledon and the US Open, which lost the final to Naomi Osaka of Japan b & # 39; result & # 39; controversy and accusations & # 39; sexism. (Osaka moved & # 39; also pioneered in & # 39; Melbourne on Monday, and won a Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.) Williams has been playing a limited schedule since birth , and is now in grade & # 39; No. 16.
In the quarterfinals, Williams will face seventh Karolina Pliskova & # 39; Czech seed, easily won a Garbiñe Muguruza of & # 39; Spain, 6-3, 6-1, to advance on Monday.
If Williams wins the Australian Open this year has the title of 24 Grand Slam, tying the record of Australian Margaret Court. Court won its titles in both amateur and professional era, which began in 1968.