Halep ousts Venus Williams from Australian Open, set to face Serena

By Daily Sports on January 20, 2019

Views: 218

Top seed Simona Halep set up a highly anticipated Australian Open last-16 tie against Serena Williams by beating the American’s older sister Venus.

The 27-year-old Romanian eased to a 6-2 6-3 victory, winning in straight sets for the first time at this year’s tournament in Melbourne.

Seven-time champion Williams, 37, reached the last 16 by thrashing 18-year-old Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska.

“It’s going to be a bigger challenge but I’m ready to face it,” said Halep.

The Romanian says she has “nothing to lose” against the 23-time Grand Slam champion, who is aiming to match Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record of major triumphs.

Williams has won eight of their nine previous matches, with their last meeting coming at the US Open in 2016.

Since then, Halep has won her first Grand Slam title, having triumphed at last year’s French Open.Halep, who lost to Caroline Wozniacki in last year’s final, said she came into the first Grand Slam of the year with “no expectations” after a difficult past five months.

She arrived in Melbourne having not won since August, a five-match losing streak punctured by an absence with a back injury, while she also split with her long-time coach Darren Cahill in November.

After needing her fighting qualities to beat Estonian veteran Kaia Kanepi and young American Sofia Kenin in the opening two rounds, Halep moved up a level against seven-time major winner Williams, 38.

“It was a great match – my best match here this year,” Halep said.

“It is always a big challenge to play against the Williams sisters so I was super motivated.”  (BBC)

•Photo shows Simona Halep 

Source Daily Sports

Posted January 20, 2019


You may also like...
Spanish FA official arrested for embezzlement

Rohr names Mikel, 23 others for Algeria

Kell Brook suffers another eye injury

Breaking: Super Eagles bounce back powerfully in Russia,...

Mourinho receives apology over jail claim

Chris Eubank Jr beats Arthur Abraham to retain...


Latest News Breaking News: Super Eagles Shoot Down Tunisia as Nigeria Win 2019 AFCON Bronze No Plan to Sack Super Eagles’ Coach, Says Pinnick Nigeria Set to Battle Tunisia for AFCON Bronze CAF Announces New Format for 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Volleyball Premier League: Nigeria Police Detains Immigration Super Eagles Need Better Goalkeeper, Says Tunde Disu Seedorf Sacked as Cameroon Coach Arsenal Closing In on Real Madrid Dani Ceballos Leipzig Set to Sign Ademola Lookman from Everton Juventus Join Man City and Inter in the Race to Sign Dani Alves Chelsea Do Not Require New Players to Be Successful — Lampard PSG to Demand €222m+ for Neymar, Not Interested in Coutinho


Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (45,634 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (37,679 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (36,283 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (35,874 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (34,864 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (34,783 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (34,144 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (33,886 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (33,543 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (32,814 views) John Mikel Obi: Segun Odegbami’s Outrageous Call! (30,711 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (30,636 views)




News Athletics (290) Basketball (174) Boxing (556) Columnists (458) Euro Soccer Update (5107) Fans Assembly (3) From the Grassroots (46) Golf (74) Interviews (14) Live Commentary (4) News (5258) NPL Glo Premier League (1030) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (6) Tennis (573)




Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976

Email addresses


Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media