Australian Open: 'The best I've played!' - Serena Williams ahead of match with Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams burnished her Australian Open credentials with an emphatic 6-3 6-3 win over world number two Simona Halep to progress to the semi-final stage of the first Grand Slam of the year. The 23-time Grand Slam winner will face Naomi Osaka next, who she called inspirational in her post-match interview. The Australian Open is live on Eurosport, Eurosport.co.uk and the Eurosport app.
'The best I've played this tournament, I'm excited' - Serena
Williams, now two victories from a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam win, last won a major in 2017, also at Melbourne Park, and will face Osaka for a place in the final.
The 39-year-old hit 24 winners against Halep, but also made 33 unforced errors, with her Romanian opponent going a break up twice in the second set, and while Williams acknowledged that there was room for improvement, she added that the quarter-final was her best performance of the tournament thus far.
“I was making a lot of unforced errors but I knew I had an opportunity to play better. So I just hung in there and kept going,” began Williams, who, when asked by on-court interviewer Jim Courier whether she was peaking at the right time, added:
This is definitely my best match so far.
Highlights: Dominant Serena races past Halep into semi-finals