Serena Williams is knocked out of the Australian Open as her wait for a first Grand Slam since becoming a mother goes on

Seven-times champion Serena Williams suffered a dramatic exit from the Australian Open on Friday, her earliest in 14 years, falling 6-4 6-7(2) 7-5 to China’s Wang Qiang in a stunning third-round upset that tore the women’s tournament open.

Wang, who was thrashed 6-1 6-0 by Williams in the U.S. Open quarter-finals, savored sweet revenge on Rod Laver Arena to end the American’s bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, sending shockwaves through Melbourne Park.

She broke Williams’s formidable serve to seal the thriller on the third match point when the American dumped a backhand into the net.

It was Williams’ earliest exit from the year’s first Grand Slam since 2006 when her title defense was ended by Daniela Hantuchova.

“I think my team always believe I can do it,” Wang said on-court. “After last (I played Serena), I did really hard work on the court and off the court, it’s really good work and I believed I could do it.

“During the second set I was a little bit confused but in my mind, I knew I had to focus on the court, focus on every point.”

Wang, 28, said Chinese New Year celebrations would be on hold before her fourth-round clash against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who knocked out Williams’s good friend and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, drawing the curtain on the retiring Dane’s career in tennis.

“(I’ll) take a rest and just prepare for the next match,” she said.

 

Click to rate this post!
[Total: 0 Average: 0]