Serena Williams playing in front of a capacity crowd on Thursday night at one of her favorite venues put an end to Simona Halep’s Miami Open run by defeating her in three sets. The win for Serena, 701st of her career may have come as some-sort of redemption for the American as she had to pull out of the last match-up between the two at Indian Wells just last month due to knee issues.
Williams took the first set 6-2, breaking the Romanian’s serve twice along the way while also serving out 2 aces in the set. The second set turned out to be a much tougher affair as both players split the first 8 games on serve before Halep capitalized to break Serena and then holding her serve to wrap up the set 6-4.
Williams’s first serve percentage dropped down to 40% in the second set which allowed the World No 3 to get back into the matchup, to much delight of the crowd present at Stadium Court.