Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams comforts teenagers after winning the third round


Teenage girl Dayana Yastremska struggled to deal with the event, but in the end Williams offered comfort
Australian Open 2019
venue: Melbourne Park Events: 14th to 27th of January
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Seven-time World Champion Serena Williams consoled opponent Dayana Yastremska after shooting the teenager into the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Williams beat the 18-year-old Ukrainian 6-2, 6-1 in an hour and seven minutes and did not drop a service match.

"You'll do it, do not cry," said Williams, 37, to a tear Yastremska after her victory.

In the next round, the American will face number 1 Romanian World No. 1, Simona Halep, or sister Venus Williams.

"I really liked them," Williams said when asked about the future of Yastremska, who was not even born when the American won the first of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles in 1999.

"She came out swinging and to be so young, she came ready to take away.When I was young, I played against so many people and everyone I met was intimidating and not easy."

Williams in the driver's seat

Williams is the favorite who has won the 24th Grand Slam singles match record in Melbourne, and their performance in the third round showed why.

She immediately put pressure on Youngster Yastremska, broke in the first game and won four games in a row.

The opportunity seemed to have defeated the Ukrainian - a promising talent who could only glimpse her abilities and hide contradictions with her serve.

But Williams was ruthless and seems to be on the right track to win the eighth Australian Australian Open title.

Reigning defending champion Caroline Wozniacki retired on Friday and rival Naomi Osaka - fourth on the grid - and Elina Svitolina - sixth on the grid - has to fight back into the fourth round.

Their toughest test so far will be in the next round, where a tempting duel with either Halep or her older sister is expected.

Williams joked that Sister Venus "still intimidates me," but she enjoys being back in Melbourne after missing the contest last year four months after she was born.


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