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Serena Williams vs Simona Halep Live Stream, Predictions & Tips - Wimbledon revenge for Serena in Melbourne?

  • Serena Williams vs Simona Halep preview and predictions for Tuesday’s Australian Open match.
  • The quarterfinal match is being played at Melbourne Park
  • Serena Williams has won 6 of her last 8 matches in straight sets
  • I predict the quarterfinal to be settled in straight sets
  • Match preview, predictions and live stream information.
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Serena Williams and Simona Halep last met in the Wimbledon final (Getty Images)
Hannah Wilks 16 Feb 2021
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Serena Williams vs Simona Halep Predictions


It will be a rematch of the 2019 Wimbledon final when seven-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams meets world no. 2 Simona Halep in the quarterfinals.

Halep crushed Williams 6-2, 6-2 in that Wimbledon final. Overall Williams has dominated their rivalry, but the American has sometimes struggled when going deep in Grand Slams in recent years.

  • Serena Williams has won less than 40% of second-serve points in her last 2 matches
  • Serena Williams has won 6 of 8 matches in straight sets in 2021
  • Simona Halep has won more than 45% of second-serve points in 3 of her last 4 matches
  • 6 of 11 matches between Halep and Williams have lasted 19 games or fewer

Head to Head


The head-to-head between Serena Williams and Simona Halep is 9-2 in Williams’s favour.

The two matches won by Halep were a 6-0, 6-2 in a round-robin match at the WTA Finals (Williams beat Halep in straight sets later that week) and Halep’s 6-2, 6-2 victory in their last encounter in the 2019 Wimbledon final.

Serena Williams Stats


Nationality: USA
Age: 39 (26 September 1981)
Height: 5’9” (175cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 11
Career High: 1 (July 2002)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 73
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 23 (7 Australian Open, 7 Wimbledon, 6 US Open, 3 French Open)
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: Champion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-10, 2015, 2017)

Serena Williams Form


Serena Williams cruised through her first two rounds at the Australian Open, but she has had to work harder in subsequent matches. She beat Anastasia Potapova 7-6(5), 6-2 in the third round before being pushed to three sets by Aryna Sabalenka. 

Williams beat Sabalenka 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 and has still only dropped one set at the Australian Open. But winning less than 40% of points behind her second serve in her last two matches could be cause for concern. 

That suggests she is struggling to win points off the ground, or when rallies get long.

Simona Halep Stats


Nationality: Romania
Age: 29 (27 September 1991)
Height: 5’6” (168cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 2
Career High: 1 (October 2017)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 22
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 (French Open 2018, Wimbledon 2019)
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: Runner-up (2018)

Simona Halep Form


Simona Halep was tested early at the Australian Open by Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round, and Halep faced another test in the last 16. 

French Open Iga Swiatek had crushed Halep at Roland Garros and outplayed her in the first set. However, Halep’s experience and savvy came to her aid and she changed her tactics, cutting down on her unforced errors as she beat Swiatek 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Halep has worked hard to improve her serve, but it is still nowhere near the weapon Williams’s is. Halep wins her points off the ground, and she has been protecting her second serve well this tournament, winning over 46% of points behind that serve in three of her four matches.

Dragging opponents into long rallies is one of the counterpunching Halep’s specialities. The Romanian is also often able to physically test her opponents.

Live Stream


Serena Williams and Simona Halep meet in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Tuesday 16 February.

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Verdict

This match is on Williams’s racquet: She is likely to blow Halep away in straight sets or lose in error-prone straight sets.

Six of their 11 matches have been settled in 19 games or under and this should be the same.

Best Bet: 2 sets Total Sets @-200.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Under 19.5 Total Games @165.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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