Serena Williams consoles crying opponent after win: 'You did amazing'

Serena Williams 2019 Australian Open
'Don't cry': Serena overwhelms, consoles Australian Open foe

23 January, 2019

Fourteen-time Grand Slam victor and top seed Novak Djokovic is gunning for a seventh Melbourne Park title and faces 25th-seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov later, one of the NextGen stars who are out to topple the sport's big guns. At the start she wanted me to do it - she asked me, "would you do it if I ask you?"

Williams said later in her post-match press conference seeing her opponent in distress "broke my heart" and she recalled being in Yastremska's position when losing to Venus in the 2000 Wimbledon semifinals.

Yastremska was born in 2000, the year after Serena won her initial major, and grew up cheering for someone she calls "a legend".

American 17th seed Madison Keys said she would be taking time out from her Australian Open campaign to watch the current world number one take on arguably the game's all-time top player.

Serena was relishing the prospect of facing the world's top-ranked player.

On the women's side, all eyes will be on Serena Williams as she aims for Grand Slam number 24. "I liked that. It showed that she wasn't just there to play the match, she was there to win". Her opponents, on the other hand, are learning it's tough to win a match while in awe of the woman on the other side of the net.

"I think I played my best match here this year", the French Open champion said. "It's good to see that attitude".

Simona Halep stepped out at the Sydney International earlier this month and couldn't make it through her first match.

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Halep set up the fourth-round blockbuster by sending the 23-time major winner's older sister Venus packing in straight sets. Serena won 74 percent of her total service points and didn't face a single break point.

"That's a very good question and I'm happy to answer this question", he adds.

"I honestly would love to face the world No. 1", said Williams. "I haven't played the world number one since I've been back [from having a baby], so, yeah, it will be good".

Williams took a step back from tennis when she had daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr with husband Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, in September 2017.

"Whoever I would've coached, I don't think I would've beaten Serena - no chance", Mouratoglou says. "I haven't played the world No. 1 since I've been back". In another fourth-rounder, U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka plays Anastasija Sevastova.

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.

"I just didn't want to give up", said the Japanese, who received a code violation after throwing her racquet. "She's been a lot at No.1 and I can not compare my results to her".

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