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Seven-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams meets two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep for a place in the semi-finals of Australian Open 2021. American legend Serena Williams remains on track to win her record-tying 24th Grand Slam women’s singles title, but she faces a difficult task against second-seeded Simona Halep in the 2021 Australian Open quarterfinals.
Serena Williams and Simona Halep have met 11 times before, with Williams leading the head-to-head 9-2, but this time Simona Halep looks fearless and in fine form. “I’m not scared of the power that is in tennis right now”, she said. But, while Simona Halep is generally known for her slow starts, Serena Williams can get out of the blocks quickly. For that reason, the outcome of the first set will be crucial for both players.
Right now, Serena Williams presented herself at the Australian Open 2021 in excellent physical shape, much better than in the last two years. In the current tournament, Serena lost only one set, in round 4, in front of the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka. Otherwise, he qualified every time without emotions.
Serena comes after 9 consecutive victories, being undefeated for over 5 months. He won all 9 games played after the semifinal lost in September 2020, at the US Open, against the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka. Since then, there have been two matches in which he did not appear, including at Roland Garros, in round 2. On the field, however, he did not lose anything: 9 victories, 18-3 in sets.
Meanwhile, Simona Halep lost two sets at the Australian Open 2021, one more than Serena Williams. There were two big challenges that the Romanian managed to pass: in round 2 (she saved the situation from 2-5 in the decisive set, with Ajla Tomljanovic) and in round 4 (she returned after losing the first set, in front of the last Roland Garros champion, the Polish Iwa Swiatek).
Simona suffered a categorical defeat in the last match before the Australian Open, in the “warm-up tournament” also played in Melbourne against Alexandrova!
Simona Halep’s record after the “pandemic break” is extraordinary: 20 victories and only 2 defeats! Unfortunately, a failure was in round 4 (“eighth”) at Roland Garros, in front of the player he defeated now: the Polish Iga Swiatek.
Moreover: if we add the last tournament in which Simona participated before the pandemic, the one won in Dubai, the Romanian’s balance sheet is even more impressive: 24 victories in the last 26 games! Last year, at the Australian Open 2020, Simona Halep reached the semifinals, where she lost dramatically to the Spanish Garbine Muguruza.
So, it’s never easy to pick a winner in a match between two great champions, but some predictions show Serena Williams to win in three sets against Simona Halep.