Serena Williams in shock Australian Open third round exit

Serena Williams has suffered her earliest exit from the Australian Open in 14 years, falling to a shock defeat to China’s Wang Qiang in the third round.

The American’s bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title ended with a 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 defeat to Wang.

Williams' emotions were obvious during the match
Image:Williams’ emotions were obvious during the match

When they met at the US Open last summer, Wang won just one game and only 15 points, but it was a different story in Melbourne as the 27th seed claimed the win of her life as well as leaving Williams’ dreams in tatters.

Williams won her first tournament in three years in Auckland earlier this month and arrived in Melbourne with a determined intensity that seemed to indicate she was ready to put four recent grand slam final losses behind her.

Williams was highly critical of her own performance, saying: “I was optimistic I would be able to win. I thought, ‘OK now finish this off’. I honestly didn’t think I was going to lose that match.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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