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Patna : World No 16 in WTA rankings and winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles including 7 Australian Open (AO) titles Serena Williams, 37, upset World No 1 Simona Halep, 27, Romania, in a tough three-set contest to enter the quarter-finals of Australian Open 2019 on January 21, 2019. Serena now leads Halep 9-2 head to head.

Serena beat Halep 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in the fourth round at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia. Serena will play World No 8 Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, in the quarter-finals on January 23, 2019.  Serena had won her first Australian Open title in 2003.

Serena was all over Halep in the first set winning it 6-1 but rallied back strongly to take the second set 6-4. The third set witnessed a fierce contest though Serena finally prevailed 6-4. Serena fired 9 Aces in the match to 2 by Halep. Both the players committed 2 double faults each in the match. Serena won 5 break points to 3 by Halep. Serena won 6 games in a row in the match to 3 by Halep. Serena won 56 service points to 44 by Halep.

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