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

Australian Open 2019,Serena Williams,Dayana Yastremska

United States' Serena Williams consoles Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska after winning their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

The 37-year-old, who is in the hunt for her first Grand Slam since having a baby, comforted the youngster at the net, telling her: "You did incredible, you're gonna make it, don't cry".

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.

Were she to go on and win the tournament, the 37-year-old Williams would equal legendary Australian Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 women's grand slam titles.

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

She also shared a touching Instagram story of the moment she was hugged by Williams, with the caption: "I took huge experience, next time, I'm gonna use it!".

"I kind of liked that".

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.

As good as Halep is, the head to head history proves that no matter how athletic she is and how impressive she is defensively, Serena can hit through her and take the racket out of her hands.

She added: "Definitely [this] is the toughest draw I've ever had".

Williams grabbed a pair of service breaks and a 4-0 lead after less than 15 minutes and was well on her way to yet another easy-looking win. Serena has cruised in all six sets this tournament and has just 12 aces, so there's still another level she can reach if needed. You also have to question how much Halep has left in the tank considering she has only a few matches under her belt since September. "I am ready to face it". "It's going to be a bigger challenge".

"I honestly would love to face the World No. 1", Serena said.

"I just want to try to play my best tennis", Halep said, "because I have nothing to lose". "I just told myself, 'I'm going to die or win'".

Right from the start, Yastremska appeared a bit jittery, missing 9 of 10 first serves and double-faulting three times while getting broken in each of her opening two service games.

Younger players facing an idol like Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova on a grand stage may feel it is a dream come true.

Further afield if Williams prevails, potentially, are players who have downed Williams at grand slams, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova and Naomi Osaka.

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