Tennis legend Serena Williams of United States was knocked out of the Australian Open in the third round after she was defeated by Wang Qiang of China.
Williams, who was seeded eight at this year’s tournament and is a seven-time Australian Open champion, lost to 27th-seeded Wang Qiang 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5.
In their previous meeting at the US Open last September, Williams had routed Wang, 6-1, 6-0, in just 44 minutes.
In the rematch, Wang was ready to battle a dominant Serena. She saved four break points in the first set before breaking Williams to take the first set 6-4.
She hit 10 winners in the set, and only five unforced errors while Williams hit 13 winners, but 18 unforced errors.
Wang broke again in the fifth game of the second set for a 3-2 lead, and extended her lead to 5-3.
But when she served for the match at 5-4, Williams displayed her best tennis of the afternoon, and returned the serves aimed on her backhand elegantly.
Williams broke Wang and won the tie-breaker with a cross-court winner celebrating it by her arms high in the air.
In the final set, Serena was wearied by Wang’s rallies eventually losing the set 5-7 and getting knocked out of the tournament.