'Don't cry, you're still young': Williams comforts teen after thumping

No scene better demonstrates the disparity between Williams, a 37-year-old, 23-time Grand Slam champ, mother and the most famous woman in tennis, and so numerous players she faces.

Title-favorite Williams, who has been in devastating form at the season-opening Grand Slam, comforted the Odessa-born pro with encouragement, immediately approaching the world number 57, whose third-round showing is her best at a senior Grand Slam, at the end of the match after noticing she had become visibly upset, telling her "you did awesome, don't cry".

Williams has dropped a mere nine games through three rounds - her lowest tally at a major since the 2013 US Open, which she won - but will likely encounter greater resistance the rest of the way.

The 37-year-old won her 23rd major Down Under two years ago while two months pregnant and is the bookies' favourite to claim an eighth Australian title, despite being seeded 16th.

"I kind of liked that. Young girls, young women, just want to go out there and do their best and want to win".

Williams said later in her post-match press conference seeing her opponent in distress "broke my heart" and she recalled being in Yastremska's position when losing to Venus in the 2000 Wimbledon semifinals.

'What can I do to help these young players coming up? "It's good to see that attitude". "I could tell she was quite upset", said Williams.

"I was ... struggling", said Svitolina, who was treated by a trainer after the second set.

Changing pace and direction, using drop shots and with wonderful disguise on her ground strokes, Hsieh stunned Halep and Muguruza in grand slams previous year.

Williams will face either sister Venus, who is unseeded this year, or world number one Simona Halep in the next round.

The 18-year-old tennis player locked horns with the seven-time champion Serena Williams at Australia Open in a recent match.

"She played pretty flawless", said Venus, who exits before the fourth round at a fifth consecutive Grand Slam tournament.

Maybe Serena Williams will be tested in the Australian Open's fourth round, because no one has come close to making her work too hard so far.

Williams grabbed a pair of service breaks and a 4-0 lead after less than 15 minutes and was well on her way to yet another easy-looking win.

Williams was equally relentless in the second set, breaking Yastremska and allowing the teen to score only four points off her serve as she went up 4-1.

"Every time I face the sisters is a big challenge for me", Halep said. Serena has cruised in all six sets this tournament and has just 12 aces, so there's still another level she can reach if needed. "I just told myself, 'I'm going to die or win'".

  • Angelo Rivera