Serena Williams


Wang Qiang stuns Serena Williams in third round of Australian Open
Down to what sure felt like her last chance, Serena Williams came through with a cross-court forehand winner to close a 24-stroke point, raised her arms, held that celebratory pose and looked over toward her guest box. Finally, on her sixth try, after 1½ hours of action, she had managed to convert a break point against 27th-seeded Wang Oiang in the Australian Open's third round. It appeared that the comeback was on, that the bid for a 24th Grand Slam singles title would continue. It turned out Williams was only delaying a surprising defeat. So tough at the toughest moments for so many years, Williams just could not quite do enough to put aside some shaky serving and all manner of other miscues, instead making her earliest exit at Melbourne Park in 14 years with a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 loss to Wang on Friday.