Wang Qiang takes the lead by defeating Serena Williams with 6-4, 6-7(2-7), 7-5 in the third round of the Australian Open 2020 on Friday.
This major upset marks the end of William’s quest for a 24th Grand Slam and registers Qiang for the event’s fourth round for the first time.
The opening set witnessed no break of serves till 4-4 as both the players managed to hold them. However, Qiang soon took over the first set with three break chances against Serena Williams and earned two set points. Williams’ defense, on the other hand, was weak and aggressive on the second serve, which made her lose the first set to 6-4.
As the second round commenced, Qiang earned three breakpoints, and her spectacular defense was a treat to witness. Similarly, Williams also demonstrated a great play and the set was forced to a tie-break. However, Williams claimed the second set as she secured 7-6 (7-2) in one hour and four minutes.
Qiang stunned Williams by closing the deciding set with 7-5 and booked a spot in the fourth round after battling it out with the Tennis Queen for 2 hours and 42 minutes match, sports news reports.
Interestingly, this event also marked Qiang’s revenge for her US Open 2019 6-1, 6-0 defeat to William.