Serena Williams vs Simona Halep - 2021 Australian Open Women's Singles Quarter-Final
Tuesday February 16th, 2021 / 4:00am EST
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A titanic battle awaits us as second seeded Simona Halep of Romania faces tenth seeded American Serena Williams in the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne. The match is scheduled to be played on Tuesday February 16th, 2021 at 4:00am EST. They have played each other on eleven occasions with the American superstar winning nine of them. Can she extend that streak and defeat the higher-ranked Halep yet again?
Serena Williams is widely considered the greatest female player of all time and has won seven titles here at Melbourne Park. While advancing in age and slowing down, she is still one of the top players in the world and considered one of the favorites to win the title. As everyone knows, she is chasing a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title and will be hugely focused on making that happen. She has been in dominant form so far, dropping just one set so far in her win over Aryna Sabalenka in the Round of 16. While fatigue from that match may be a factor here, it was good to see her tested and come through it, announcing to the rest of the field that she is still a very serious contender here in Melbourne.
Simona Halep is a former number one and one of the main contenders for the title here. She has been in mixed form so far, with some dominant performances and some matches where she was pushed to the limit. She has not been at her best yet, but it is important to note that she has still won matches despite this and will have gained some confidence from those scrappy victories. She was pushed to the limit by Iga Swiatek, coming from a set down to get the victory in the Round of 16. She knows that she will have to be at her best against fellow former number one Serena Williams, who is seemingly in top form.
This has the potential to be a very close and exciting match, and betting on each player to win a set seems to be a good move. Both players have not been at their best recently but I think that Serena has the edge here, and seems much fitter than she has been which is a huge positive for her. It can go either way but I think that Serena Williams will win in three sets.