Zverev destroys racquet in Aus Open meltdown

Serena Williams was far too good for Dayana Yastremska

ANDY BROWNBILL APSerena Williams was far too good for Dayana Yastremska

World number one Simona Halep hit form to cruise past Venus Williams on Saturday and set up a mouth-watering Australian Open last 16 clash with her sister Serena Williams, who continued her near-flawless run in the first Slam of 2019.

Coming to the year's first Grand Slam on a five-match losing streak and without a coach, Halep had to grind her way through the first two rounds with tough three-set wins. "I think we left everything on court", Svitolina said after the match.

Williams, wearing headphones, quickly pivoted and retreated back into the tunnel she'd just emerged from, making way for her fourth-round opponent Monday night.

Serena Williams crushed Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 6-2, 6-1 before consoling her at the net as she burst into tears.

The 21-year-old isn't sure why no one recognises her.

Pliskova will face the victor of the clash between world No 1 Simona Halep and seven-time victor of the tournament Serena Williams.

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka completed another comeback victory to overhaul 13th seed Anastasija Sevastova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.

Zverev was beaten by clinical Canadian Milos Raonic in straight sets while Carreno Busta went down fighting 6-7 (8) 4-6 7-6 (4) 6-4 7-6 (8) in a five-hour marathon against Japanese battler Kei Nishikori. "I'm supposed to be good at starting matches", Osaka said.

Svitolina was a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park previous year and has made the last eight at Roland Garros twice but is yet to progress further in a Grand Slam. I always search for motivation.

The fourth-seeded Osaka got a warning from the umpire after she spiked her racket in frustrating after Hsieh took the first set with three breaks of service.

The pressure began to mount on Osaka after dropping that first set which visibly took a toll on her mentally.

Firing baseline rockets wide and long, Osaka appeared clueless as to how to stop the rot and resorted to drop shots and moon balls to try to throw Hsieh off her game. "She was just playing so well and I think I got overwhelmed". "I don't even practise doing that".

The 37-year-old 23-time Grand Slam victor has a blockbuster last 16 evening clash against world No. 1 Simona Halep on Rod Laver Arena, while Novak Djokovic meets fast-rising Daniil Medvedev.

Against Sevastova, "I was thinking I've been in this position before and actually last time it was a little bit worse", Osaka said.

The Serb converted seven of the 18 break points he carved out against the big-serving Medvedev and struck 43 winners to the Russian's 38 as he wrapped up victory in three hours, 15 minutes in the day's final match.

Hsieh admitted she had frozen with nerves. "He was like, 'Naomi, are you OK?' I mean, I was, but I wanted to see his reaction if I said no".

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