Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams dominating win over Dayana Yastremska

Jan 19 2019 12:08 PM
Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams dominating win over Dayana Yastremska

Melbourne: Serena Williams recorded a win over  Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska in straight sets Saturday, powering into the Australian Open last 16 as she chases a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title. Williams defeated World No 57 Yastremska in a 6-2, 6-1 and next faces either sister Venus, who is unseeded this year, or World No 1 Simona Halep. The 37-year-old won her 23rd most important Down Under two years ago while two months pregnant and is the bookies' favourite to claim an eighth Australian title, despite being seeded 16th.

 

she said that "she is here, she was playing as hard as she can, which is really all I can do," Her latest victim Yastremska was not even born when the American won her first major at Flushing Meadows in 1999.

A slaughter appeared imminent as Williams raced to a 4-0 lead but Yastremska managed to hold serve twice in the first set, prompting wild applause from the crowd. She tried to engage Williams in rallies but was powerless to stop the American taking the first set 6-2 after 27 minutes.

Williams was equally persistent in the second set, breaking Yastremska and allowing the teen to score only four points. Yastremska had treatment on her right foot but it was only delaying the predictable and Williams took just a few minutes to Score match point after play resumed.

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She hit her first chance into the net but completed the win after Yastremska sent a return wide.

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