Simona Halep dominates Iga Swiatek in Australian Open round of 16 and will face Serena Williams

Simona Halep dominates Iga Swiatek in Australian Open round of 16 and will face Serena Williams

Simona Halep dominates Iga Swiatek in Australian Open round of 16 and will face Serena Williams

Simona Halep needed three sets on Sunday, but the Romanian managed to get the upper hand over Poland’s Iga Swiatek (3-6, 6-1, 6-4) in the round of 16 of the Australian Open. Seed number 2, Halep will face Serena Williams, who qualified earlier, in the quarterfinals.

But a forehand foul quickly cost him his serve in the second set. Realizing that she was being too passive, Halep put more weight into her ball. Swiatek’s level of play dropped a notch. Unforced errors were piling up. Impeccable on service (only four points lost), the seeded 2 pocketed the second set in 26 minutes (6-1).

A double fault gave Halep the break in the third set. A start from Swiatek allowed him to come back to height (2-2) but a completely redacted service game (three ugly unforced errors) annihilated this effort. From 4-2, the Romanian did not let go, showing above all much more regular than her opponent.

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Dominating Iga Swiatek, Simona Halep won the 100th Grand Slam match of her career.

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