Win and loss are part of the game, but the emotion, tears, and touching curtsy from the true sportspersons are extravagant in colossal sports events. The match of women singles between tennis superstar Serena Williams and young Dayana Yastremska in the Australian Open thirds round on Saturday is one of the best examples.
The ruthless 23-time grand Slam Champion, after thrashing her opponent 6-2, 6-1, showed her motherly side at Rod Laver Arena. She was seen consoling the 18-year-old Ukrainian who was crying after the heartbreaking loss to her childhood idol.
As they walked towards the net to give handshake to the referee, Yastremska broke into tears. Williams consoled the teen and delivered a bona fide warm hug.
“You did amazing. You did so well. You did amazing. Don’t cry. You did really well,” the 37-year-old mother was heard her saying.
The seven-time Australian Open champion, who is 19 years older than the number 57 seed Ukrainian, needed just 67 minutes to wrap up the match, aiming for her 24th Grand Slam. She will face the title favorite and No 1 seed Simona Halep, who beat her older sister Venus Williams 6-2, 6-3 in a later match.