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Qiang Wang holds off Serena Williams after a comeback attempt in the second set to win 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 and advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open. (1:25)MELBOURNE, Australia -- Down to what sure felt like her last chance, Finally, on her sixth try, after 1½ hours of action, she had managed to convert a break point against 27th-seeded It appeared that the comeback was on, that the bid for a 24th Grand Slam singles title would continue. She appeared in four major finals over the past two seasons, losing each one.Serena Williams says she wouldn't still be on tour if she didn't believe she was capable of winning a record-tying 24th Grand Slam.And she bowed out much, much sooner this time, animated as can be and often displaying what she later called "the signature 'Serena frustration' look. Honestly, if we were just honest with ourselves, I lost that match," Williams said. The veteran saved two match points before the Chinese closed the set 7-5 and book a berth in the fourth round after a marathon 2 hours and 42 minutes match.She will now see Ons Jabeur across the net from her in the fourth round. In one of the major upset of the tournament, Wang took revenge of her US Open 2019 6-1, 6-0 defeat to Williams. I honestly didn't think I was going to lose that match," Williams said about her mindset after forcing a third set.She began by crediting Wang but eventually shifted to criticizing herself for not playing well enough to win. ""Rest," she said, "and just prepare for the next match. "I can't play like that.
Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts as she plays against China's Wang Qiang in their third round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Wang picked up the lone break she needed at love with an easy forehand put-away winner that made it 5-4, and she soon owned the first set.After that lopsided loss in New York, Wang decided she needed more powerful strokes to compete with the likes of Williams, devoting her offseason to more work in the gym.Serena Williams' first win over Wang Qiang lasted only 44 minutes at last year's US Open, where she lost only 15 points. "I'm better than that," said Williams, who trudged through the long walkway that leads to the locker room, carrying two bags, while Wang was doing the winner's interview in Rod Laver Arena.Later, at her news conference, Wang laughed as she said: "I always believed I could do this one day. On the point of the day, with both players slugging away from the baseline, it was Williams who did what it took to take it.She was superior in the tiebreaker, too, and on they went to a third set. "Definitely going to be training tomorrow, that's first and foremost -- to make sure I don't do this again." 8, on account of how infrequently she has competed since being away from the tour while having a baby daughter in September 2017.But she is still about as good as it gets in women's tennis, as evidenced by her so-close-yet-so-far Grand Slam showings of late: The 38-year-old American was the runner-up at both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019.She started 2020 well enough, winning a hard-court tuneup title in Auckland, New Zealand, this month for her first trophy of any sort in three years -- and first as a mom.But Williams wasn't able to carry that success to the Grand Slam level, where it matters the most to her.
First, Williams faltered down the stretch for her earliest exit at Melbourne Park in 14 years, a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 loss to 27th-seeded Wang Qiang of China. "Asked whether she would party Friday night, Wang offered a simple answer: "No. "I didn't return like Serena. The total points were 50 to 15.Wang quickly surpassed those game and point totals Friday, thanks in large part to nearly flawless play in the first set.She saved all four break points she faced in that set, accumulated 10 winners and made just five unforced errors. 8 Serena Williams in three sets in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday. Wang said. Wang Qiang, the 27th seed, upset No. Tracey: When Serena Williams is playing at this level, she’s a near unstoppable force. But, expect the American superstar to open the court and power past Wang. That was her 27th unforced error on the backhand side, part of a total of 56 miscues. Qiang Wang vs Serena Williams, WTA Australian Open (Fri, 24 Jan, 2020): Betting Prediction, Odds, & Spread.Statistics, match analysis, latest results and news. Serena Williams vs Qiang Wang. "A little bit confused inside, but my mind always told me I had to focus on the court, focus on the point and trust myself. Certainly Wang’s consistency will challenge Serena.
It turned out Williams was only delaying a surprising defeat.So tough at the toughest moments for so many years, Williams just could not quite do enough to put aside some shaky serving and all manner of other miscues, instead making her earliest exit at Melbourne Park in 14 years with a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 loss to Wang on Friday. TENNIS.com - Live Scores, Tennis News, Player Ranking, and Complete Tournament Data.