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Serena Demolishes 18-Year-Old Dayana, Then Consoles Her

Serena Williams powered into the 4th round of the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of Dayana Yastremska then consoled the Ukrainian teenager after leaving her in tears. She racked up 20 winners and beat the 57th-ranked 18-year-old in a breezy 67 minutes. “As she was walking towards the net, I could tell she was quite upset,” Serena told reporters. “I kind of liked that. It shows she wasn’t just there to play a good match, she was there to win. She wanted to win. That really broke my heart. I think she’s a good talent. It’s good to see that attitude.” Dayana was born in 2000, the year after Serena won her initial major, and grew up cheering for someone she calls “a legend.” She recalls swinging her racket in the living room at home while watching on TV at age 8 as her favorite player competed. What separates the 37-year-old American from other top players? “Everything. Small details. Her discipline. Her quality of the shots. How {committed} she is to every ball,” Dayana said. “She {is} completely different. I don’t know how to describe that. It’s just there’s something special. What I’m trying to do is to go to the level that people are going to talk about me the same, that I have something special.”