• Serena Williams battles past Simona Halep to reach the 33rd Grand Slam semi-final of her career

    Serena Williams battles past Simona Halep to reach the 33rd Grand Slam semi-final of her career

    Serena Williams came through her toughest test yet at this year’s US Open as she beat Simona Halep in three sets to reach her 33rd Grand Slam semi-final.

    Williams dropped her first set of the tournament but still proved too strong for fifth seed Halep with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win in two hours and 14 minutes.

    Williams said: ‘I didn’t have to be too amped up [to play Halep] because it’s the quarter-finals and it’s a tough player. I just knew […]