Halep vanquishes Venus, sets sights on Serena

Serena 37 dismisses teenager Yastremska

Yastremska used to mimic the 23-time grand slam winner's strokes while watching her play and on the eve of the season's first major, even got a chance to meet the legendary American.

So far, Williams has sailed through the Australian Open as she chases her 24th Grand Slam title, but her fourth-round opponent will be slightly stiffer competition.

It's become as routine as her service motion: Serena Williams wins a match, walks to the net, hugs her opponent and then consoles the woman she just defeated. "I liked that. It showed that she wasn't just there to play the match, she was there to win".

Williams came into the match with a 3-2 record against the Romanian, but the last of those wins was back in 2013. With wins in 12 of her last 13 sets when you include the Hopman Cup, it's clear to say that Serena is in great form and should be considered the overwhelming favorite to win this title.

"It's going to be a bigger challenge but I'm ready to face it", said Halep. "It's good to see that attitude", she added.

Serena is now ranked No. 16 in the world. While Serena has yet to face a true challenge at this tournament, Halep couldn't have asked for a better pre-Serena tuneup than to play her older sister, the woman Serena credits with honing her game and competitive drive, and with whom she shares a similar game.

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.

"The thing is, during their matches they're always trying different things", she said.

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She mentioned Venus was one of the players that left her crying after defeat.

After comforting the world No.57 on court, Williams took her aside in the changing rooms to tell she had been hard done to have received a time violation during the match.

"I have nothing to lose, I play against a great champion".

Serena Williams consoled Dayana Yastremska after the win.

A mother to one-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia, Williams also played mom to Yastremska when they approached one another to shake hands after the 67-minute contest on Rod Laver Arena. Williams has sandblasted her way through the first three rounds of this draw, dropping only six games and spending a grand total of 3 hours, 6 minutes on court through the first week of the tournament.

It's the second time this week that someone Williams has beaten has cried after being beaten.

Williams put on a typically impressive performance as she powered past her Ukrainian opponent, giving away just three games in the process.

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