Serena Williams consoles Ukrainian teen after winning match: ‘Don’t cry’

by Leon Thompson January 20, 2019, 1:29
Serena Williams consoles Ukrainian teen after winning match: ‘Don’t cry’

No scene better demonstrates the disparity between Williams, a 37-year-old, 23-time Grand Slam champ, mother and the most famous woman in tennis, and so numerous players she faces.

The victor of this clash will go on to face Serena Williams, after the 23-times grand slam champion eased her way into the second week with a straight sets win over Dayana Yastremska.

Now without Darren Cahill, the man who helped drive her to winning her first Grand Slam title in France last May, Halep continues to rally on her own with her best performance to date in this year's tournament.

The 18-year-old, who was not born when Serena won the first of her 23 grand slam singles titles, only won three games during the 6-2, 6-1 loss. "I liked that. It showed that she wasn't just there to play the match, she was there to win".

Asked in her post-match interview about the future of Yastremska, Williams added: "She came out swinging and to be so young, she came out ready to go". It's always a challenge to play the Williams sisters, ' Halep said afterwards.

"I haven't played the world No. 1 since I've been back (from giving birth), I don't think", she said. "The season has just started!" .

"I think I have to play similar, if I can", Halep said, referring to her clash against the victor of 23 Grand Slam titles.

"I saw Patrick [Mouratoglou, Williams" coach] in the lift after this one and he said "that's the second opponent she's reduced to tears'".

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Changing pace and direction, using drop shots and with wonderful disguise on her ground strokes, Hsieh stunned Halep and Muguruza in grand slams past year.

It's a blockbuster showdown between the two marquee stars, booked after Halep defeated Venus Williams 6-2, 6-3 in the third round on Saturday night.

"She played pretty flawless", said Venus, who exits before the fourth round at a fifth consecutive Grand Slam tournament.

Serena Williams recalls being in the position of young Dayana Yastremska, an ambitious and highly talented teenager overcome with emotion in the disappointment of defeat.

"I'm happy with how I fought", she told reporters.

The reward for the 27-year-old Halep is probably the toughest challenge in the women's draw at Melbourne Park, a fourth round date with the younger Williams sister, Serena. "There's a good chance for me to play my best tennis and to feel good on court".

Didn't get much better in the second set, and Williams wound up with eight aces while facing zero break points, and a 20-13 ratio of winners to unforced errors. Osaka had earlier shown her frustration by, unusually, throwing her racket to the ground to earn a warning and took a tumble on court trying to counter Hsieh's unpredictable shots.

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