Simona Halep beats Venus and will face Serena Williams

Simona Halep beats Venus and will face Serena Williams

"Don't cry. You did really well".

"You did wonderful. You did so well".

Then they embraced, and Williams patted Yastremska on the back. "I liked that. It showed that she wasn't just there to play the match, she was there to win". She said "you are young, you are very good and you will be a good player in the future".

Halep did precisely that in her solid win over Venus, her third in a row over the American. "You did so well", Williams said.

She does not feel she is yet back to her best, prior to giving birth to daughter Olympia, but believes that is coming: 'I think I'm getting there. "It's good to see that attitude".

Playing clean and powerful tennis, Williams overwhelmed 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday.

The Romanian - who endured a topsy-turvy off-season and went the distance in the first two rounds this week - contested likely her best match since August in dispatching the elder Williams 6-2 6-3. "Unfortunately, I had nearly three times as many".

"I just didn't want to give up", said Osaka. I will not super think about this because is nothing to think, just go there and play natural and with confidence.

Might Venus offer her sibling any tips?

"I honestly would love to face the world No.1". I can not compare my results to her.

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Unlike any of Serena's foes until now, Halep has won a major title, last year's French Open.

That resume pales in comparison to Serena's, of course.

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.

Novak Djokovic is through to the last 16 after beating Canadian Denis Shapovalov, but complained he was dazzled by lights that were turned on in the third set, which he lost, despite it being daylight.

Whoever wins will play either 21st seed David Goffin or 15th seed Daniil Medvedev for a berth in the quarter-finals.

Serena Williams was concerned enough about her young opponent to console her after setting up a thumping Australian Open fourth round against world No 1 Simona Halep. She left the court lifted by Williams' words.

It didn't get much better in the second set, and Serena wound up with eight aces while facing zero break points, and a 20-13 ratio of winners to unforced errors.

Her latest victim Yastremska was not even born when the American won her first major at Flushing Meadows in 1999. Yastremska recalls swinging her racket in the living room at home while watching on TV at age 8 as her favorite player competed. Unfortunately, it wasn't almost enough to stop the 37-year-old easing to victory.

What separates Williams from other top players? And when Genie Bouchard is confident and she takes the ball on the rise, she really robs her opponents of time. "She (is) completely different".