Serena Williams ground down top seed Simona Halep in an epic three-setter to take her quest for a record-equalling 24th major into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Monday.

Serena Williams 

The 37-year-old American beat the Romanian world number one 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to set up a last eight clash with Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova.

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