Australian Open: Simona Halep not intimidated by Serena Williams anymore

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"I just told myself "you're going to die or win".

Fourteen-time Grand Slam victor and top seed Djokovic is gunning for a record seventh crown at the Open. The Romanian player will next face another Williams sister, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.

Right from the start, Yastremska appeared a bit jittery, missing 9 of 10 first serves and double-faulting three times while getting broken in each of her opening two service games.

Williams took a step back from tennis when she had daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr with husband Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, in September 2017.

The only two times they met at Grand Slams, the matches went to three sets with Serena winning both.

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Williams, 37, has reached the Wimbledon and US Open finals since her return from maternity leave in March 2018, and has risen from 183 to 16 in the world rankings. It shows she wasn't just there to play a good match - she was there to win.

When asked if she has ever experienced a similar reaction when playing a match in her teens, Williams said she did as a young player and as an adult. She's the number one player in the world for a reason.

She also noted that when she was younger, "I played against Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles". But if Serena keeps the match on her racquet, then her powerful strokes could end up dictating the result. "For me that's like, one of the biggest things I always thought I could improve, because it sort of seems like before I would accept defeat in a way, and then this time I just wanted to learn from the last match that I played in Brisbane", she added, referring to a straight-set loss to Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko.

In the men's event, World number one Novak Djokovic continued his relentless drive towards more Australian Open glory as he cranked up another gear Saturday with third round drubbing of his Canadian opponent, Denis Shapovalov.

However, in her way in the last-16 this morning is American powerhouse Serena Williams. "If she does, I'll be there".

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When Hsieh led by a set and 4-1, and even 4-2, 40-0 on serve, another huge scalp was on the way.

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.

Will Serena make it win number nine?

"She played unbelievable tennis and hopefully we'll see many more of her talents back in Melbourne".

'I've heard a lot about it, but I don't really know the details of it, so...' "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".

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