Sporting Life

Generations grapple as young heroes look to topple old guard

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'Generations grapple as young heroes look to topple old guard'. Print Edition | Subscribe