The stand out match of the women’s draw in round four undoubtedly has to be the battle between the current World No.1 Simona Halep and a former No.1 in Serena Williams. Serena will be the overwhelming favourite against an opponent she has an 8-1 record against, only losing at the 2014 WTA Finals to her. Things won’t get much easier for the winner of this match with another former No.1 in either Garbine Muguruza or Karolina Pliskova waiting for them. Check out the Halep vs Serena Williams H2H matches.
Halep was not really showing the ill effects of two long matches or a strapped thigh, dealing with Venus Williams in fairly comfortable fashion. It was never going to be full of lengthy rallies but a struggling Venus helped the match along much quicker. Halep broke 5 times overall, taking advantage of some weaker serving in the 6-2 6-3 win.
Serena eased through another match, this time dropping just three games against Dayana Yastremska. The youngster was overwhelmed from the beginning in the 6-2 6-1 victory but did manage to keep the six-time champion on court for longer than an hour. It was a much improved performance from Serena on serve too – she hit 8 aces and dropped just 4 points on her first serve to deny her opponent from getting a single break point opportunity.
“I have just to enjoy, and to give my best. I actually have nothing to lose – I play against a great champion. It’s going to be a bigger challenge, but I’m ready to face it.” Halep said. It’s an odd thing to hear from a World No.1 but when it comes to Serena, it almost becomes acceptable. While Halep is more than capable of a great counterpunching performance, whether it matches up to Serena is questionable. The American has blitz through three easy opponents but Halep should provide a good yardstick of what her level is right now.
Prediction – Serena Williams in three sets