Serena Williams is now 2 matches away from overtaking Margret Court as the greatest ever ladies tennis player of all time in the Slams. She reached the last 4 in Melbourne with an impressive straight sets victory over second seed Halep. She survived one break of serve in that all important first set. Serena got the break largely due to sloppiness by Halep who hit the ball way too hard forehand at break point to give Williams a 2-0 lead. Halep broke back immediately holding up well to the kick serve by Williams. Halep was made to work hard on serve especially the 6th game of the set trailing 2-3 where she eventually got broken after some wayward hitting.This set was not a great advertisement on how to hold your serve. Serena held her nerve to win the set 6-3
Halep started the second set pretty fiercely holding serve in the first game to go 1-0 up and then getting three break points in the next 0-40. She would win the break for the loss of one point for 2-0. With the wind in her sails, Simona cracked. Great defending by Williams to get the break back immediately after Halep put in shots in decent areas of the court. Halep got the break back to go 3-1 up after more wayward hitting from Williams. Serena would go on to get her act together and win the next five games to win the set and match 6-3. I must say Serena is looking like the Serena from 10 years ago, moving about freely and athletically. She played Halep off the court in those five games. The key to her victory was her hitting the serve with accuracy rather than power, she had 4 aces and 1 double fault the whole match. Although this match was no serve clinic, it showed that even with a break of serve down with a good defense all is not lost.