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.