Ser­ena bat­tles through Halep test

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SER­ENA Wil­liams was pushed hard by fifth seed Si­mona Halep be­fore com­ing through in three sets to reach the semi-fi­nals of the US Open.

The Amer­i­can six-time cham­pion won a grip­ping con­test 6-2 4-6 6-3 in the Flush­ing Mead­ows night ses­sion to close in on a 23rd Grand Slam singles ti­tle.

Wil­liams (34) will play Czech 10th seed Karolina Pliskova in the semi-fi­nals at Flush­ing Mead­ows.

They will be fol­lowed by An­gelique Ker­ber against Caro­line Woz­ni­acki.

Wil­liams and Ker­ber are bat­tling for the world num­ber one rank­ing, with the Amer­i­can know­ing that, to hang on to top spot, she must reach the fi­nal.

Should the Ger­man sec­ond seed line up as her op­po­nent to­day, Wil­liams will have to beat her to stay on top.

It took the best part of two hours for Wil­liams to break free of the te­na­cious Halep with a suc­ces­sion of heavy re­turns giv­ing her a 3-1 lead in the fi­nal set.

Wil­liams dom­i­nated the first set with six aces and three breaks of serve,

But Halep, who be­came the first woman at this year’s US Open to break the Amer­i­can’s serve, claimed the sec­ond.

The 24-year-old Ro­ma­nian fought off 12 break points and con­verted her fifth set point of an epic 10th game to draw level.

A huge shock loomed when she stood at 15-40 early in the sec­ond set, but Wil­liams won three straight games to build a lead she would not re­lin­quish.

Mean­while, fa­tigued and frus­trated, bam­boo­zled by drop shots and dis­tracted by a mal­func­tion­ing speaker, Andy Mur­ray again ended his US Open cam­paign pre­ma­turely.

Strug­gling to main­tain his com­po­sure when faced with a tac­ti­cal mas­ter­class from Kei Nishikori, Mur­ray was up­set 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 by the No 6 seed in a four-hour epic.— BBC.

Ser­ena Wil­liams

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