MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams & # 39; attempt to win the 24th Grand Slam title failed with losses in the final. At this Australian Open, she didn't make it nearly as far.
Williams, who only served so-so, missed her break chances except for one missed and with alarming regularity, ended the third round in Melbourne Park in a breathtaking manner and was defeated 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7 – 5 out of 27. Wang Qiang from China seeded on Friday.
Williams was broken in the last game and ended the matter with a backhand on the net. That was her 27th casual mistake on the backhand side, part of a total of 56 mistakes. Wang only made 20
Williams has seven trophies from the first major championship of the year, and this was her earliest loss since struggling in the third round in 2006.
Here's just a measure of how unexpected this result was: The only time these two women faced each other was at the US Open last September – the only appearance in the slam quarter-finals of Wang's career – and Williams It took 44 minutes to dominate their way to a 6-1, 6-0 win. The total number of points was between 50 and 15.
Wang quickly outperformed these scores and scores on Friday, largely due to an almost flawless game in the first set.
She saved all four breakpoints she faced, collected 10 winners and made only five casual mistakes. Wang took up the lonely pause she needed in love with a simple forehand storage winner who finished it 5: 4.
Williams soon sailed backhand to cede the set. Wang also rose quickly in the second round, already having a 4-2 break when she was just one point away from earning another.
But Williams – so hard in the toughest moments in so many years – held on there to stop and come within 4-3. However, there was still a lot to do and when Wang led 5-4 in the second round, Williams prevailed.
She was 0 for 5 at stops until then, but the sixth time was the appeal. At the time of the game, when both players strayed from the baseline, it was Williams who did what he needed to make it, striking a cross-court forehand winner out of Wang's reach on stroke 24.
Williams raised both arms and looked at her guest box in the stands, where her trainer Patrick Mouratoglou and her husband Alexis Ohanian sat up to celebrate.
But all we did was to extend things. Williams' comeback finally failed.
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