Published: Wed, January 23, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Serena consoles Ukrainian teen after sailing into last 16

Serena consoles Ukrainian teen after sailing into last 16

Osaka appeared on course for a third round exit in Melbourne, after losing the opening set of her match to Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei before she battled back to earn a three-set 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 triumph.

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Simona Halep vs Serena Williams on Day 8 of Australian Open 2019.

Against Ukraine teenager Dayana Yastremska on Saturday, Williams hit eight aces and 20 winners, winning 60 of the 98 points in the match.

Meanwhile, Yastremska found more comfort in the tennis champ's encouraging words when she complimented her in the locker room after their match. She said "you are young, you are very good and you will be a good player in the future".

"Don't cry. You did really well". Because if the error-prone Halep from the first two matches shows up, Serena will have all the weapons to exploit the chinks in her armour. "I can not compare my results to her". "I kind of liked that, you know. Young girls, young women, just want to go out there and do their best and want to win". "I think she's a good talent".

"I honestly would love to face the world No. 1", said Williams. The Romanian - who endured a topsy-turvy off-season and went the distance in the first two rounds this week - contested likely her best match since August in dispatching the elder Williams 6-2 6-3.

In practice, their matches have tended to follow a similar pattern: Williams has come, she's seen, she's handed out a beatdown. If she thinks so then maybe that's true. "That really is all you can do", she said as she zeroes in on an eighth Australian title.

Halep, who beat Williams' elder sister Venus to reach the fourth round, secured her sole victory over the American in the group stages of the 2014 WTA Finals. Serena also looks for her fourth straight quarterfinal at the Australian Open.

Her opponent in the round of 16 will be Latvian No.13 seed Anastasija Sevastova, who beat China's Wang Qiang 6-3 6-3.

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. She played a near flawless game with only 12 unforced errors while overpowering the 38-year-old. Halep won 65 percent of her total service points and produced five breaks on 10 break points.

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

Svitolina had a medical time-out and several courtside massages for a shoulder complaint during the marathon match on Rod Laver Arena.

But on Saturday, she was standing opposite Williams and swinging her racket.

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