Wang proves too much for Williams
Serena Williams' wait for a 24th Grand Slam title continues following her defeat to China's Wang Qiang in the third round.
The 38-year-old, a seven-time champion in Melbourne, was expected to cruise into the fourth round in Melbourne.
She did well to not lose in straight sets after breaking at 5-4 in the second set before winning a tie-break. However, Wang soon composed herself to claim a 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 victory.
The 27th seed will now take on Tunisian Ons Jabeur in the fourth round, while Williams is set to take a break before fine-tuning her preparations for the French Open in May.
Speaking after her defeat, Williams told reporters: "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.
"I just made far too many errors to be a professional athlete today. If we were just honest with ourselves, it's all on my shoulders. I lost that match. 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."
Friday's defeat is Williams' earliest exit at the Australian Open since 2006 when she lost to Daniela Hantuchova.
She has not won a Slam since the 2017 Australian Open, and she is still one behind Margaret Court's record.
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