Simona Halep thrashes Venus Williams set up date with Serena at Australian Open


MOrning all and welcome to the third-round clash between Simona Halep and Venus Williams.

Incredibly, the Australian Open organizations did not select this heavyweight contest on their main Rod Laver Arena, but opted for the surroundings of Margaret Court Arena instead.

Not to worry, though we'll be giving it to our undivided attention while providing you with the latest from what they are to be the Australians pick of today's matches for the night session. Alexander Bolt will be taking on local favorite Alex Bolt, before joining the women's draw, the seventh seed Karolina Pliskova, faces the 27th seed Camila Giorgi.

Halep has been made to battle hard for this third-round spot. The world No 1 had been struggling with form and fitness heading into the opening grand and a couple of testing opponents in Melbourne haven't helped her cause.

It won't be easier for a two-time Aussie Open Finalist in Venus Williams either. Venus has won three of their five head-to-heads, although Halep has come out on top in their last two meetings – most recently in the last 16 of Montreal last year.

The winner of this clash will go on to face Serena Williams, after the 23-hour grand slam champion eased her way into the second week with a straight set win over Dayana Yastremska.

The 18-year-old, who was not born when Serena won the first of her 23 grand slam singles titles, only won three games during the 6-2, 6-1 loss.

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