Sporting Life

Australian Open: Generations grapple as young heroes look to topple old guard

MELBOURNE - Dayana Yastremska was crying in the sun and Serena Williams kind of liked it. Tears don't just reflect distress but also desire. "It shows she wasn't just there to play a good match," said Serena, "she was there to win... it's good to see that attitude".

Serena beat Yastremska 6-2, 6-1, hugged her, consoled her, told her "you were amazing" and sent her on her way. Lesson administered. Class over. Yastremska is 18, Serena is 37. This was a schooling.

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