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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Wang Qiang ousted Serena Williams in three sets

Serena Williams' quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam win has been put on hold after a stunning third-round defeat to Chinese 27th seed Wang Qiang.
Wang stunned the American 8th seed by taking the first set and lead by a break in the second set, before the seven-time Aus Open winner clawed her way to a deciding set.
However, Wang lost none of her composure in the decider, closing out Williams 6-4 6-7 (7-2) 7-5 in a thrilling contest.
After the stunning defeat, which took her Grand Slam title drought to three years, Williams laid the blame at her own feet after an uncharacteristic 56 unforced errors compared to 43 winners.
I made a lot of errors," she said in her press conference.
"I didn't hit any of those shots in New York or in general in a really long time.
"I just made far too many errors to be a professional athlete today.
'It's not about the tournament, it's just like I can't play like that. I literally can't do that again. That's unprofessional. It's not cool."
Since her 2017 success in Melbourne, Williams' has lost four consecutive Grand Slam finals, but refused to give up hope of running down Margaret Court's all-time record.
"I definitely do believe or I wouldn't be on tour," she said.
"I don't play just to have fun. To lose is really not fun, to play to lose, personally.
"I don't know. I seem to do well the last two slams of the year. I don't know. I have won them all several times. Each one is definitely an opportunity for me to go out there and win.
"It's not even about the slams, it's about me playing good tennis, and I didn't do that today.
"That is more disappointing."
Following her historic win, Wang continued to show her steely determination, admitting she still believed even after blowing her lead at the end of the second set.
"I believed I could do it," she told Nine.
"During the second set I was really confused, but I had to be calm.
"I was a little bit confused inside but my mind told me that I had to focus on the court and I had to trust myself."
The result was a spectacular turnaround from the Chinese star considering her humbling at the hands of Williams in the quarter-finals of last year's US Open where she managed to win just 15 points in a crushing 6-1 6-0 loss.
Williams' defeat was made more stunning by her strength on hard courts throughout her career, with her third-round exit the first time she was eliminated in the opening week of a hard-court major since 2006.