Halep beats Venus Williams and will face Serena next

Simona Halep

Australian Open 2019
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January
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Top seed Simona Halep set up a highly-anticipated Australian Open last-16 match with Serena Williams by beating the American’s older sister Venus.

The 27-year-old Romanian eased to a 6-2 6-3 victory, winning in straight sets for the first time at this year’s tournament.

Seven-time champion Serena Williams reached the last 16 by thrashing Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska.

“It’s going to be a bigger challenge but I’m ready to face it,” said Halep.

Halep says she has “nothing to lose” against the 23-time Grand Slam champion, who is aiming to match Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record of major triumphs.

Williams has won eight of their nine previous matches, with their last meeting coming at the 2016 US Open.

But since then Halep has won her first Grand Slam title, having triumphed at last year’s French Open.

More to follow.

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