Serena Williams continues to make it look easy

Chris Evert explains why she called Halep's attitude 'unprofessional'

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The 37-year-old, who is in the hunt for her first Grand Slam since having a baby, comforted the 18-year-old at the net, telling her: "You did fantastic, you're gonna make it, don't cry".

"You did unbelievable. You did so well", Williams could be heard saying as she consoled Yastremska.

The 37-year-old told the teary Ukrainian: "You're awesome".

There was a touching moment at the net, when Williams comforted Yastremska, who could not hold back the tears.

A mother to one-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia, Williams also played mom to Yastremska when they approached one another to shake hands after the 67-minute contest on Rod Laver Arena. I'm sure this side of Serena Williams is another side of her. "I liked that. It showed that she wasn't just there to play the match, she was there to win. Young girls, young women, just want to go out there and do their best and want to win".

Halep did precisely that in her solid win over Venus, her third in a row over the American. She said "you are young, you are very good and you will be a good player in the future". "It's good to see that attitude".

Williams told Yastremska as much in the locker room afterward. It merely reflects how infrequently Williams has played over the past two years while she was pregnant and then gave birth.


The 37-year-old said some words on the court to Yastremska that left a lasting impact.

Serena Williams is known for keeping a tenacious grip over the headlines as whatever she does set the tongues blabbering, always!

In the second week of the tournament, Williams and Halep will play Monday in Melbourne, but their match is Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. Those two were scheduled to meet each other Saturday night.

Halep set up the fourth-round blockbuster by sending the 23-time major winner's older sister Venus packing in straight sets. "You're gonna make it, don't cry", said Serena to the teen.

Five-time major victor Sharapova claimed her biggest scalp since completing a drugs ban in 2017 when she rolled defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in round three and looked on track to carry the momentum forward. Milos Raonic, the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2016, also advanced, awaiting the victor of the night match between No. 4 Alexander Zverev and Australian wild-card entry Alex Bolt.

Williams next faces No. 1 Simona Halep, who beat Venus Williams 6-2, 6-3 in a later match Saturday. By the end of the first set, the teenager had 13 unforced errors, nine more than Williams.

To put things into context, Yastremska was born in 2000, the year after Serena won her first major, and grew up cheering for someone she calls "a legend".

Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic's relentless drive towards more Australian Open glory cranked up another gear Saturday with third round drubbings, as Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina survived big scares to stay in the hunt. Unfortunately, it wasn't almost enough to stop the 37-year-old easing to victory. Both women have legitimate claims to being the top player in the game.

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