Tennis: Serena Holds Off Halep To Reach US Open Semi-finals

Tennis: Serena holds off Halep to reach US Open semi-finals

NEW YORK,(APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -8th Sept,2016) - World number one Serena Williams fended off spirited Simona Halep on Wednesday, downing the fifth-seeded Romanian 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the US Open semi-finals.

Williams, seeking a record seventh US Open title and 23rd Grand Slam crown, fired 18 aces en route to the triumph, which set up a Thursday evening meeting with first-time Grand Slam semi-finalist Karolina Pliskova for a place in Saturday's championship match.

But she made her task against 2014 French Open finalist Halep harder with 43 unforced errors and Halep, firing on all cylinders from the baseline took advantage.

The Romanian became the first player in the tournament to break Williams's serve, and the first to take a set off the top seed.

After failing to convert any of a dozen break points in the 65-minute second set, Williams regained control in the third with a break for 3-1 and steamed home from there. "I'm glad I got tested," said Williams, who saw seven break point opportunities go by in the second game of the second set.

She had five more chances in the final game of the set, which went to deuce eight times before Halep closed it out on her fifth set point when Williams fired a backhand long.