Serena Williams defeated Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday to advance to the Australian Open semi-finals and are on track to win record 24 Grand Slam titles.
Next to Williams is Naomi Osaka. Osaka, the third-largest player in the world, defeated Hsieh Su-wei, who became the oldest woman at the age of 35, 6-2 and 6-2 to advance to her quarter-final debut Grand Slam final.
Williams won the last five games and defeated Halep despite 33 forced errors. Her fans were unable to enter the Rod Laver Arena, but Williams was cheered on the stand by her husband Alexis Ohanian and her sister Venus Williams.
I’m sure this is the best game I’ve played in this tournament, Williams said. “Obviously, I had to do it in the face of the second place in the world. I knew I had to do better, and that’s what I did.
Williams wants the 24th Grand Slam singles title, the highest ever record for Margaret Court. Number 23 arrived at the Australian Open in 2017. There Williams defeated her sister Venus in the 6-4, 6-4 finals. She is the 7th Australian Open Champion and won her first Melbourne title in 2003.
Williams is 39 and is aiming for her 11th Grand Slam singles title since she turned 30.
World No. 2 Halep is two major champions who made it to the semi-finals at the Australian Open last year and lost to Garbine Mugurza.