Dayana Yastremska was overwhelmed while facing the 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams in the Australian Open third round. She lost in straight sets but she was still satisfied with her experience. Yastremska cried at the end of the match and Serena approached her to congratulate with her run.
"I would not say that Serena Williams is my idol, but she is a tennis legend. I played against her at the Australian Open and I still have a lot to learn. However, everyone has her own character so I try to be myself and I do not try to be like my idol.
Since childhood, I hit the ball hard because I am strong. This is my gamestyle, and that's what I always try to improve. I can play differently, but the aggressive tennis suits the most to me. For example, Naomi Osaka is a powerful tennis player but she is smart too.
She can be aggressive but at the same staying very calm. I see a lot of quality in herself," said Yastremska in an interview. Reflecting on her goals, Yastremska added: "I don’t think right now about ranking, I think right now about how to perfect myself and improve myself, and take the experience.
If I play good, if I show a good level, I’ll get the points and I’ll get higher in the ranking. The ranking’s not the priority. But of course, I’m happy to get into Top 40," concluded Yastremska, who won her second WTA singles title in Hua Hin, beating Ajla Tomljanovic, last week.