Published: Tue, January 22, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Serena outslugs top seed Halep as Zverev implodes at Open

Serena outslugs top seed Halep as Zverev implodes at Open

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning match point in her fourth round match against Simona Halep of Romania during day eight of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

Williams is due to play No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova in the next round.

'It was really intense match and some incredible points but I love playing tennis and being out here, ' said Williams. "It's really cool to be back out and playing again on this court", Williams said in her courtside interview. On the Hopman Cup possibly disappearing from the calendar, the former world No. 1 added: "I'm going to apologise". I work so hard for every point'. "It's a super pleasure".

It looked as if Williams had heard the words "world No. 1" and forgotten she wasn't atop of the rankings but the likelihood is that organisers flipped the usual order - where the higher ranked player comes out second - without telling the American.

"I am just a fighter, you know I just never give up. There's definitely something that's innate".

After topping Medvedev in a 3-hour, 15-minute struggle to get back to the quarter-finals for the first time in three years, Djokovic joked during an on-court interview: "Since I guess my next opponent is watching, I'm feeling fantastic". I feel like it would make her a bit weaker if, at any point, she would feel like she needs me.

Since returning to the tour, Williams has reached the past two Grand Slam finals, losing both - and leaving her still one shy of equaling Court's record of 24 major singles titles. "So I think her level is good", said Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.

After rampaging through the early rounds without dropping a set, the 37-year-old was at least forced to work for her victory by Halep, who on paper is the top-ranked player in the world.

For a place in the semi-finals, Williams will meet Pliskova, who thrashed twice Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza 6-3 6-1 earlier on Monday. "Game by game, I felt that my level is growing, and I had more confidence to go through it". "I have to if I want to stay in the tournament", she said.

Williams was able to close out the game and the crowd erupted as she reached the 12th Australian Open quarter-final of her career.

As the master of ceremonies in the Rod Laver Arena announced the entrance of "the world No 1 from.", out walked Serena Williams. I think either way, regardless, I'll be ready for either opponent. The Ukrainian won their other three matches, two as a front-runner.

Williams' showed her tenacity and will power as she managed to keep the Romanian at bay despite her ruthless attacking onslaught.

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