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Serena Williams ousts No. 1 Simona Halep at Australian Open

Serena Williams knocks out Simona Halep to reach Australian Open quarter-finals Serena seals Halep victory, rounds out Aussie Open QFs
Shannon Reynolds | 21 January, 2019, 15:00

Serena Williams saw the amusing side as she walked out to the wrong cue ahead of her match against Simona Halep at the Australian Open.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion comfortably held her next service game to edge closer, then served out for victory in one hour and 47 minutes. I just never give up.

As the master of ceremonies in the Rod Laver Arena announced the entrance of "the world No 1 from.", out walked Serena Williams. It shows she wasn't just there to play a good match, she was there to win.

But it was the dominant Williams who overshadowed them all and is overwhelming favourite to win an eighth Australian title, with defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and second seed Angelique Kerber already out.

There was a brief wobble in the first game as the 23-time Grand Slam champion served a double fault as she was broken to love but then Williams reeled off the next six games to take the first set easily.

She then went up a break in the second, but that's when Halep suddenly seemed to wake up and display her own brand of baseline talent that carried her to the Australian Open final and French Open championship in 2018.

'I really needed to elevate my game.

Osaka said of the sixth seed, "She played well at the end of the year, won the WTA Finals".

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The victor of the previous year is the Australian Open , meanwhile, is excreted out. Muguruza will now play Swiss Timea Bacsinszky for a place in the fourth round.

"I think the biggest thing for me is the belief".

Serena Williams played the French Open previous year but pulled out in the fourth round before reaching the finals of the Wimbledon and US Open.

"I'm like, 'Olympia, there's a plethora of movies to choose from, '" Williams said.

Halep offered up the first real test Williams has faced at this year's Australian Open, where she is bidding for an eighth trophy, pushing her throughout a back-and-forth matchup that was a fascinating mix of power, court coverage and shotmaking.

The German has routinely been anointed as the flag-bearer for the next generation, but again failed to live up to his reputation and has now missed out on making the last eight of a major 14 times in 15 attempts.

"She's the No.1 player in the world and there's a reason why ... in order to stay out there I had to play a little bit like I knew I could".

The victor will have a quarter-final against Japan's eighth seed Kei Nishikori or Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta.

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, who was taken to four sets by teenage Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the third round, plays later against another young gun in Russia's Medvedev, seeded 15.

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