Serena Williams played her best match in years to beat the world #1 Simona Halep


The first week of the Australian Open is done and the quarterfinals are set…on the women’s side. The QFs should be set on the men’s side in a few hours. The biggest news from the weekend was that Roger Federer – who was the defending champion – went out in the fourth round to a Greek kid, Stefanos Tsitsipas. But surely the biggest news today is that Serena Williams WON. She won her fourth round match against WTA #1 Simona Halep. In the first set, Serena rolled Simona, but then Simona fought back in the second and third sets. That was the hardest Serena has had to fight since she came back post-pregnancy, and yes, I’m saying that she fought harder here, tennis-wise, than she did in last year’s US Open and Wimbledon finals. It was a really, really good match. Here’s the final game:

While Halep was Serena’s toughest opponent thus far, there’s been a lot of emotion on court from Serena and around Serena. She’s consoled TWO different crying players at the net after the match, and Serena looked like she was about to cry at times during today’s match, especially when Halep got some luck with balls rolling over the net cord. Still, the funniest moment happened when both women were announced to walk on the court:

To be fair, the lower ranked player (Serena) would usually be announced first. Simona was laughing her ass off at Serena’s backtrack. Anyway, Serena will next play Karolina Pliskova, who has one notable win against Serena, at the US Open in 2016. Then again, Serena beat her at the USO last year. So… will Serena make it to the final? Naomi Osaka is looming, probably, in the semifinal. I don’t know. Is #24 happening in Oz???


Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Mellie says:

    Love, love, love her! Keep rolling Serena!!!

  2. Sash says:

    She is one of the greats. There’s no doubt about it. Go Serena!

  3. Lindy says:

    I love her. Even if she doesn’t win, I think she’s fantastic for being back in the mix. She I’m loving her green bodysuit!

  4. JAGirl says:

    So proud of her. Go Serena!

  5. horseandhound says:

    I wanted halep to win. serena is one of the very best ever, but I wish other players started to win over her.

  6. TheOriginalMia says:

    I got a notification this morning and fist pumped from under the covers. Yes! I’m so happy for her. I’d love if she #24 here. Take some pressure off the rest of the season.

  7. AnnaKist says:

    It’s so bloody hot here in Aus, that it’s great to sit in the air con with cool drinks and snacks, and just veg out in front of the telly with the Australian Open for company. (Sorry to all my sisters and brothers who aren’t on school holidays. 😞) Serena was a joy to watch, and let’s not forget our Little Aussie Battler, Ash Barty, who nicely dispensed with the insufferable shriekng cheating whinger, Sharapova. Nice work, Ash!

    • Snowflake says:

      Oh, it is summer in Australia? I’m in Florida in The US and it is very cold for this area. 40 degrees Fahrenheit this morning. Brrr

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Ash Barty is my new BFF.

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      I was so happy to see Ash dispense with Sharapova. Her shrieking was off the charts. Ash is a breath of fresh air.

  8. Tw says:

    I love seeing Serena win. Ok, I basically love everything about Serena. She is who she is.

    I’ll admit I also enjoyed seeing Sharapova lose and get questioned about meldonium. I think it’s a fair question, how it was worded;) If she truly was taking meldonium for health reasons, one could reasonably ask how her health is affected without it.

  9. Susan says:

    What can I say except 😀😁😀😁☺☺☺☺☺☺☺😀😀😀

  10. diana says:

    So happy for the queen!

  11. Reese. says:

    Such great tennis being played! Loved watching her matches.

  12. Eulalia says:

    I was at that game, and she was incredible. Serena really is the athlete of our time.

  13. SK says:

    I watched Petra Kvitova tonight against Ash Barty last night and the woman is in full Terminator mode. Her game is close to flawless right now and she’s coming in off a hot streak. She’s a definite contender for the title this year. It’s also a pretty amazing story – this is her comeback after surviving a knife attack in 2016 which severely damaged her playing hand including severing tendons, nerve damage and damage to all of her fingers.