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'It was the best I've played so far,' says Serena Williams after powering into semi-finals

Serena Williams celebrates

Serena Williams declared her quarterfinal win over Simona Halep as 'the best match she has played in the tournament so far.'

The 39-year-old was in fine form to extract a degree of revenge for the 2019 Wimbledon final, which Halep won in straight sets.

Williams was the dominant player throughout and, even though the second set was messy at times from both players, it was the American who powered to a 6-3, 6-3 win to set up a clash with Naomi Osaka in the last four.

"I just realised I was making a lot of unforced errors and I was like 'stay in there, keep going' and that's what I did," Serena said.

"This is definitely the best match I've played in this tournament so far and I had to do that going up against the number two in the world, so that's what I did and I'm excited.

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"Last year my coach Patrick [Mouratoglou] had a little talk with me on how I had to do better on my defence. Throughout my career, speed is one thing that's super good in my game and I just know I have the legs to do it."

On her upcoming semi-final against Naomi Osaka, Serena added: "She is such a strong player on the court and an inspirational person off the court which I think is really cool.

"It's good to see someone who is so inspiring and I've been watching her and I'm sure she has been watching me. It's an opportunity to do my best."

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