China’s Wang Qiang caused the biggest upset of the Australian Open this year by knocking out 7-time champion Serena Williams from the tournament in the third round on Friday.
Qiang, the world number 29, registered a 6-4, 7-6, 7-5 win over the 23 times Grand Slam champion.
Serena Williams had rallied from a set and a break down to level her third-round match at the Australian Open. Wang Qiang won the first set and had a chance to serve for the match at 5-4 in the second.
But Williams broke Qiang’s serve to get back in the match. And when the set went to a tiebreaker, Williams won it easily 7-6 (2).
Williams was once again struggling at 4-5 with two match points in the final set to Qiang but she once again managed to hold on for sometime. But Qiang made sure to close out the set and match two games later.
Williams’s bid for a her 24th Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record will have to wait. She has lost the Wimbledon and US Open finals in 2018 and ’19 and hasn’t added to her collection of majors since her title at Melbourne Park in 2017. Before that she had won here in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015.
Serena’s elder sister Venus had crashed out of the tournament in the first round itself after losing to Coco Gauff in the women’s singles opener.
Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki’s farewell tour at the Australian Open is over. The 2018 champion lost her third-round match 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 to Ons Jabeur at Melbourne Arena.
Wozniacki said late last year that she would retire from the game after the Australian Open in order to spend more time with her family and because she has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018.
She sat in her court-side chair wiping tears from her eyes before doing an on-court television interview.
“I think it was only fitting that my last match ended with a forehand error,” the former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki told the crowd, smiling through the tears.
Jabeur is into the fourth round for the first time a major. She will play either 23-time major winner Serena Williams or Wang Qiang of China.