Australian Open 2021: Serena Williams vs Simona Halep: Preview, Head-to-Head and Prediction

Serena Williams and Simona Halep will surely tear it down at the Australian Open 2021.

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Serena Williams (left) and Simona Halep

The most awaited match in women’s singles will finally take place as 23-time Grand Slam champion and 10th-seed Serena Williams will lock horns with 2-time Major winner and 2nd-seed Simona Halep in an epic quarterfinal encounter at the Australian Open 2021. It is arguably the hottest rivalry in women’s singles at the moment and another chapter will be added to it in a few days time.

Match Details:

  • Fixture: Serena Williams vs Simona Halep
  • Date: 16 February 2021
  • Tournament: Australian Open 2021
  • Round: Quarterfinal
  • Venue: Melbourne, Australia
  • Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
  • Prize Money: 403,463 $ (USD)

Serena Williams vs Simona Halep: Preview

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Simona Halep

Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, Serena lost her first set of the event in the fourth round. The 39-year old American got a tough fight from 7th-seed Aryna Sabalenka before prevailing 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in a thriller.

On the other hand, after getting through the initial rounds, she had a tough match with defending French Open champion and 15th-seed Iga Swiatek in the pre-quarterfinals. The 29-year old Romanian made a roaring comeback after losing the first set to down Swiatek 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in a tough encounter.

Serena Williams vs Simona Halep: Head-to-Head

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Serena Williams

Prior to their meeting in Melbourne, the two players have faced each other as many as 11 times. Williams leads the head-to-head record 9- 9-2. They last met in the memorable final of Wimbledon 2019 where Halep sailed past Serena in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 to win her second Major.

Serena Williams vs Simona Halep: Prediction

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Simona Halep

Probably the toughest match to predict. Serena’s recent trend of choking in the final stages of the Grand Slam might prove the decisive factor again as Halep looks more fancied to progress to the semifinals. Nevertheless, it is going to be a cracker of a contest and Serena fans, so sorry but it is just our viewpoint and anything can happen. Get, set, ready for this epic rivalry to add another scintillating match to their arsenal.

Match Prediction: Simona Halep defeats Serena Williams in an edge-of-the-seat three-set thriller.

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