Serena Williams defeated Simona Halep in a thrilling match at the Miami Open. Williams moves on to play Carla Suarez Navarro in the final on Saturday.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP)—The previous two matchups between
This one was a thriller.
Williams is making another trip to the Miami Open women's final, after beating Halep 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in a 2-hour, 7-minute classic on Thursday night. Looking for her eighth title at
"I made so many errors and I was like 'Serena, just come to the net at this point, because that's the only thing that was working for me,'" Williams said. "I'm just really happy to get through that. It was actually a really fun match and I was able to come out and play here tonight."
Halep, the No. 3 seed from
The knee wasn't a problem in this one. Halep was, but as is usually the case, Williams found a way. She had 38 winners to Halep's 10, overcoming 45 unforced errors.
"Keep trying, that's all I could do," Williams said. "I never gave up."
Williams is 4-0 all-time against Suarez Navarro, who's assured of reaching the Top 10 in the world rankings win or lose.
The win also means Williams will extend her reign atop the rankings to at least 116 weeks, which passes
Suarez Navarro got her finals ticket after topping
"It's a really important tournament for me," said Suarez Navarro, the first Spanish woman to make the final at Key Biscayne since