Serena Williams equals Roger Federer record with Australian Open win

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Serena Williams (pictured left) celebrating an Australian Open win and Roger Federer (pictured right) celebrating a point.
Serena Williams (pictured left) equalled Roger Federer's (pictured right) record of most victories at a Grand Slam. (Getty Images)

Serena Williams put on a classic performance to defeat Simona Halep in straight sets during her Australian Open quarter-final clash and equalled an incredible Roger Federer record in the process.

The World No.11 fought off a spirited World No.2 Halep 6-3, 6-3 to progress to the semi-finals against Naomi Osaka, much to the delight of her husband, Alex Ohanian.

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But to make matters more incredible, the 39-year-old equalled Federer's record of 362 wins at Grand Slam events.

Williams can also take lead with a victory over the in-form Osaka on Friday.

The American and Federer will most likely extend their lead, due to the third ranked player Martina Navratilova being retired, on the list.

But World No.1 Novak Djokovic, with age and time on his side, will be hunting down the record in the future.

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Williams turned back the clock to crush Halep in just 81 minutes to put her just two wins away from equalling Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam titles.

She has lost four finals in pursuit of Court's momentous mark since winning her last major in 2017, which she achieved while pregnant.

If Williams wins her 40th appearance in a grand slam semi-final, the mother-of-one could meet World No.1 Ashleigh Barty in Saturday night's decider with the Australian fancied to progress through her softer side of the draw.

The determined veteran, who has previously won all eight semi-finals at Melbourne Park, feels she is only improving the longer the Open goes.

"I definitely think this is the best match I've played this tournament," Williams said.

"I knew I couldn't play worse (than she did against Halep last time) so that was a good thing."

with AAP

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