Tennis champion Serena Williams on spending quality time with her daughter

Heather Diaz
January 19, 2019

The seven-time Australian Open champion, who has made the final in each of her last three visits to Melbourne Park, soon overcame that wobble and cantered to a 6-2 6-2 victory.

Working mum: In a post match interview at the Australian Open on Thursday, Serena Williams changed gears and reflected on bonding with her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Graf, who won four Australian Opens among her 22 titles, said Williams would nearly certainly go down as the greatest ever women's player, given today's standards are so much higher.

As Bouchard tried to claw her way back into the match, she watched on helplessly as a powerful Williams groundstroke hit the net tape twice, before dribbling over, giving her no time to respond.

On Saturday, the 37-year-old Williams will face Dayana Yastremska, an 18-year-old from Ukraine who is ranked 59th and eliminated No. 23 seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to get to the third round of a major for the first time.

Williams match against Bouchard suggested the first challenge might be a more pressing concern than the second.

Moments of brilliance flickered in what was an otherwise scrappy contest, with Bouchard keen to tee off on any ball she met with her feet set, and Williams looking to paint the lines in reply.

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However, a succession of huge serves got Serena out of the trouble and she promptly reeled off the next four games to complete another hugely convincing win.

Serena Williams produced a masterclass against Eugenie Bouchard to maintain her imposing start to the Australian Open.

And Serena's sister Venus Williams also booked her spot in the third round after battling past France's Alizé Cornet 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. "And then I had another thought that, 'Maybe, one day I'm going to play (against) her in the big arena"'.

And for all the talk of the unpredictability of the women's game, the story of the tournament so far has been the top players dominating. And she was like "Serena I want you to win" and she gave me her trophy.

"I am trying to gather them because I don't know".

"It was after practice, I was changing", Yastremska said, according to the WTA.

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