Halep confronts Venus as Serena and Djokovic resume Slam drive

Ruben Holloway
January 23, 2019

Williams swatted aside Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 6-2, 6-1 in a Melbourne Park mauling that reduced the world number 57 to tears.

"You did fantastic, you're gonna make it, don't cry", Serena told her.

Sports Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim has told the Tennis Channel that the Australian Open is likely to allow mid-match coaching from next year. I just do the work, I go out there and I play the best I can.

World number one Simona Halep set up a last-16 showdown with Serena Williams at the Australian Open after dispatching the American's older sister Venus in straight sets in Melbourne.

Williams came into the match with a 3-2 record against the Romanian, but the last of those wins was back in 2013.

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She hit her first chance into the net but completed the win after Yastremska sent a return wide. Djokovic plays in the first night match on Rod Laver Arena against American qualifier Mitchell Krueger, Serena Williams has the second day match on the same court against Tatjana Maria and Osaka plays Magda Linette following the Djokovic match. The 37-year-old player, in the sweetest gesture, walked towards Dayana and consoled her while she was crying.

"It's great to play here, especially after Naomi today". "It's always great to play against Serena because every time I have to learn something from the match".

When asked if she has ever experienced a similar reaction when playing a match in her teens, Williams said she did as a young player and as an adult.

"She's been a lot on No 1".

"Second, like I said many times, it's a huge challenge". No. 17 Madison Keys; No. 7 Karolina Pliskova vs.

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The six-time Australian Open champion claimed the opening two sets 6-3, 6-4 against Canada's Denis Shapovalov, before expressing irritation at a decision to turn on floodlights on the court.

Changing pace and direction, using drop shots and with wonderful disguise on her ground strokes, Hsieh stunned Halep and Muguruza in grand slams a year ago. "I will not super think about this because there is nothing to think, just go there and play natural and with confidence".

"Completely unnecessary to turn on the lights", he said in roasting the organisers.

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Eighth seed Kei Nishikori made it back-to-back victories for Japan by beating Portugal's 44th-ranked Joao Sousa 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, 6-2.

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An Osaka-Williams tussle would bring much hype given their eventful US Open final, but the Japanese was nearly upset Saturday by the crafty 28th-seed from Chinese Taipei, Hsieh Su-Wei. Halep had recent issues with Kanepi, losing to the Estonian in the first round of last year's US Open.

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