Serena Williams Ends Simona Halep's Title Defence — WTA Indian Wells

by Sadie Mccarthy Marcha 17, 2016, 16:28
Serena Williams Ends Simona Halep's Title Defence — WTA Indian Wells

Indian Wells: Serena Williams dethroned defending champion Simona Halep in straight sets Wednesday to set up an Indian Wells semi-final showdown between the world No. 1 and 2.

There were few surprises as the BNP Paribas Open moved towards the business end of the women's singles draw.

Kvitova opted to focus on the positives afterwards, saying: "I think that the tournament gave me good signs. She knows what it takes to be the best and beat the best", Williams said. "I expect there will be a lot of long rallies". Honestly, I will be ready. "I think she's super exciting to watch on the court, and off the court I think she's really one of the nicest people". If she were to win this event again this year, it would be 15 years between titles.

She said, about the match: "My reaction is that she played really well today".

Serena Williams and her quest for a third BNP Paribas Open is on track after she upstaged defending champion Simona Halep in straight sets of their quarter-final.

Halep would use the hold to turn the momentum back in her favour. An eagerly awaited clash between the plucky Romanian scrambler, who had taken the battle to Williams at the previous year's year-end championships in Singapore, but losing out to her in the final.

But the 21-time grand-slam champion was full of praise for her opponent.

The world number one sent down seven aces and broke her opponent five times on the way to the win. But considering Sharapova is now suspended and we can not know for sure when she will return to compete in the professional circuit, Serena is Halep's major concern.

The Indian Wells tournament is now halfway over, and this year's edition has proven to be highly unpredictable. She looked outmatched from the start Wednesday night, fell behind early and could not gain much traction in her toughest match so far this year.

"I feel that I have the game to play against her. We will see tomorrow". The world number one brought up a break opportunity at 3-2, 30-40, and was gifted the break when Halep double faulted. "She's made it so easy for me to just come and play tennis". I said, Darren, you speak for me.

"It's good. I started to understand him first after I stayed about four weeks away from him". Forget Australian. So he's speaking slower now and I can understand.

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