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Halep vanquishes Venus, sets sights on Serena

Halep vanquishes Venus, sets sights on Serena”

After topping Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska in the third round of the Australian Open, Williams said she would be prepared to take on either Halep or her sister, especially considering she owns an 8-1 career mark against the former.

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.

The American tennis legend, 37, who holds 23 Grand Slam titles, approached her 18-year-old rival after the match to cheer her up. "I kind of liked that, you know". 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. "You did so well", Williams said. Serena's moving a lot better this year, but I still think that's where she can hurt Serena, especially moving to her right. "It's good to see that attitude". Halep's sole win was a stunning 6-0, 6-2 scoreline in the round robin stages of the 2014 WTA Finals - which Williams would repay with a 6-3, 6-0 revenge in the final of the same tournament.

It's a big second day at Melbourne Park with Novak Djokovic beginning his quest for a seventh Australian Open title and 15th Grand Slam singles championship. "The season has just started!" . The Japanese player won their first meeting 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of Toronto in 2017, but Sevastova captured two straight-sets victories a year ago in Doha and Beijing. "I don't feel like I'm there yet", she said. "In my opinion, to be number one in the world and to be the best player in the world, it's a little bit different", she said.

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Vekic lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 to Kimberly Birrell, a 20-year-old Australian ranked 240th who got into the field as a wild card. Stung by a first-round loss at Wimbledon a year ago , Sharapova said she couldn't afford to feel any empathy for Dart.

"You're so young", Williams told Yastremska.

She arrived in Melbourne with just one match under her belt - a second-round loss to Ashleigh Barty in Sydney - after missing three months with a back injury.

She said that this will be her game plan in the next round as well, but Serena is at a much higher level physically. I'm used to facing her.

Serena Williams marched into the Australian Open last 16 Saturday and warned she was still improving after taking time out to console the latest victim of her quest for a record-equalling 24th major.

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Her latest victim Yastremska was not even born when the American won her first major at Flushing Meadows in 1999. In their nine matches, Halep has won just once, and none of the last six.

The fourth seed will now face Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova, who beat China's Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-3.

The two players had made the walk from the changing rooms ahead of the fourth round match and were standing together waiting to be introduced onto the Rod Laver Arena.

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