Serena Williams reached the semi-finals of the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne on Friday. The American defeated countrywoman and the 13th seed Danielle Collins 6-2, 4-6, 10-6. The fifth seed started off the match dominantly and as in her previous two matches, raced off to an early lead by taking the opening set at the loss of just two games.
However, Collins, who’s not one to give up, pegged back the match on even terms after taking the second set. It was the first time here that Williams had dropped a set. However, the setback of losing a set proved to be temporary for the 39-year-old as she dominated the match tie-break to claim it – and the match – 10-6.
Yarra Valley Classic: Serena Williams' juggernaut
Williams finished with eight aces and three double faults to Collins’ two aces and one double fault. The 23-time Grand Slam champion hit 23 winners to Collins’ 19 and had 18 unforced errors to her opponent’s 14.
Williams also made good on three of the 12 break points she faced while saving three of the five break points, she faced. The former world no. 1 finished the match with nine points more than Collins – 72 to 63. In the semi-final of the Yarra Valley Classic, Serena Williams will take on top-seed Ashleigh Barty.
The two have played each other two times previously although neither of these two matches was played recently. Williams and Barty first took on each other in the first round of the 2014 Australian Open. Williams went on to win that match in straight sets.
The two, the, faced each other almost five years later, in the second round of the 2018 French Open. That time around, it was a tougher win for Williams who needed three sets to defeat her determined opponent. Photo Credit: Serena Williams Twitter