Serena Williams comforts a Ukrainian teenager after winning the game: "Do not cry"



Serena Williams is seen comforting her opponent, Dayana Yastremska, after her game on Saturday, January 19, 209.

Serena Williams is seen comforting her opponent, Dayana Yastremska, after her game on Saturday, January 19, 209.
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Serena Williams is used to dominating her competition at the Australian Open, but proved once again that she was a magnificent winner when she took the time to console her Ukrainian opponent who felt overwhelmed after suffering a heavy defeat.

Williams, 37, was comforted by Dayana Yastremska, 18, on Saturday. Yastremska was seen wiping her tears after losing to Williams 6-2 6-1. The veteran tennis star put her hand on her opponent's shoulder and offered some comforting words.

"You're so young," Williams told Yastremska. "You did amazing. Do not cry."

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Williams said after the game that he could tell his opponent that he was upset after the game.

"I could say I was pretty upset, I liked that, it shows that I was not just there to play a good game, I was there to win, she wanted to win, that really broke my heart," Williams said. "I think she's a good talent, it's good to see that attitude."

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So far, Williams has sailed at the Australian Open while pursuing his 24th Grand Slam title, but his opponent in the fourth round will be a bit tougher competition. She will face the number one player, Simona Halep. Williams' older sister, Venus, was beaten by Halep, 6-2, 6-3.

On Tuesday, Williams was also seen comforting her opponent, Tatjana Maria, after escaping with her first-round match.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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