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PHOTOS: Serena consoles Ukrainian teen after win

January 19, 2019 13:39 IST
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'I kind of liked that. It shows she wasn't just there to play a good match, she was there to win. She wanted to win. That really broke my heart.'

IMAGE: Serena Williams consoles Dayana Yastremska after winning their third round match. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Serena Williams powered into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Dayana Yastremska then consoled the Ukrainian teenager after leaving her in tears.

The 37-year-old Williams, chasing a record-extending eighth Melbourne title in the professional era, barely broke sweat on a sunny afternoon at Rod Laver Arena as she racked up 20 winners and beat the 57th-ranked 18-year-old in a breezy 67 minutes.

 

"As she was walking towards the net, I could tell she was quite upset," Williams told reporters. "I kind of liked that. It shows she wasn't just there to play a good match, she was there to win. She wanted to win. That really broke my heart.

"I think she's a good talent. It's good to see that attitude."

Dayana Yastremska

IMAGE: Dayana Yastremska in action. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Yastremska rolled her right ankle midway through the match and took a medical time-out to have her foot bandaged when trailing 4-1 in the second set.

It stalled defeat only briefly, however, as Williams broke her a third time in the set and claimed the match when the Ukrainian sprayed a cross-court forehand wide.

Chasing her 24th Grand Slam title, Williams has conceded only nine games at the tournament and not dropped a set but may finally have a test when she plays the fourth round.

She will face the winner of older sister Venus and top seed Simona Halep for a place in the quarter-finals.

She mentioned Venus was one of the players that left her crying after defeat.

"I remember one time in particular against Venus at Wimbledon, as I was walking to the net, I started bawling," she said. "I couldn't help it. Young girls, young women, just want to go out there and do their best and want to win."

Dayana Yastremska

IMAGE: Dayana Yastremska receives treatment during the third round match. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Since returning to the tour after maternity leave, Williams has yet to win a Grand Slam as a mother after two near-misses in the finals at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Seeded 16th in Melbourne, she felt torn about who she might like to play next but said a match against top seed Halep would test her true level.

"Yeah, and I honestly would love to face the world number one," she added.

"At the same time I would love for Venus to win. I think either way, regardless, I'll be ready for either opponent.

"Yeah, it will be great. I haven't played the world number one since I've been back, I don't think. So, yeah, it will be good."

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