Seventh seed, Karolina Pliskova, produced a fightback for the ages to claim a 6-4 4-6 7-5 quarter-final win over Serena Williams at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Simona Halep might be the current number one in women’s tennis but the Romanian believes the best player in the world will be awaiting her when she takes on Serena Williams.
The 37-year-old Williams, chasing a record-extending eighth Melbourne title in the professional era, barely broke sweat on a sunny afternoon at Rod Laver Arena.
Simona Halep dismissed Venus Williams in straight sets to set up an Australian Open fourth round clash with Serena Williams.
Easily beaten in the first set, the Canadian Bouchard, a former Wimbledon finalist who has been trying to retrieve her stellar form of five years ago, pressed early in the second to lead two games to one.
Williams was eight weeks pregnant when she captured her 23rd Grand Slam trophy at Melbourne in 2017, but missed opportunities to equal Australian Court on her return from maternity leave.
Serena Williams is ready to win her first Grand Slam title as a mother, having arrived at the Australian Open in her best condition since coming back from maternity leave, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
British newcomers Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter earned a well-deserved 2-1 victory over the US pair of Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe at the mixed team Hopman Cup on Thursday.