American tennis ace Serena Williams continued her quest for a record-equaling 24th career Grand Slam with a straight-set win in the quarter final of the Australian Open 2021 over Simona Halep. She will now face Naomi Osaka in the semi-final in what is a blockbuster clash. Serena was at her dominant best throughout the match as she won it 6-3, 6-3. There were some nervy moments in the second set when Halep broke first, but the American’s experience helped her pull through.
“I definitely think this is the best match I’ve played this tournament for sure,” Williams said after the match. “Obviously I had to, going up against the No.2 in the world. I knew I had to do better and that’s what I did. I’ve been watching her and I’m sure she’s been watching me. I feel like this is such a good opportunity for me just to keep doing my best. It’s the first Grand Slam of the year for me. I had an incredibly long, arduous off-season. And so, I’m honestly happy with every win I get,” she added.
Serena Williams moves level with Roger Federer
Serena Williams’ win over Simona Halep was her 362nd singles victory in her career in Grand Slams. Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer also has 362 wins to his name and there is nobody above the duo. Serena now looks set to go past Federer with another win and potentially two more is what she would hope. Federer won’t be able to catch up on her for quite some time now as he didn’t take part in the Australian Open.
Behind the two is Martina Navratilova with 306 wins. Novak Djokovic who has made it to the quarter-finals and will face Alexander Zverev is third with exactly 300 wins. Chris Evert has 299 to her name.