Serena Williams, one of the biggest, if not the biggest, a favorite for taking this year’s Australian Open title suffered a sensational loss this Friday.
Wang Qiang Stuns Serena
The Chinese, who is at the moment the 29th player of the world, used the awful performance of the seven-time Australian Open winner to pull out the biggest win of her career.
She would triumph with 2-1, by sets, 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-5, and create without a doubt the biggest sensation of the tournament do far.
Serena was very pale, without her usual game, when she takes over the control of the point early on and cracks the rival with short, high-intensity bursts. In this one, we saw her making 56 unforced errors, and that is, in fact, the key reason why she lost the match.
She admitted that after the contest, saying that her game and performance “wasn’t cool,” and that she feels very disappointed with the way everything turned out.
The American had a chance to turn the result upside down after winning the second set. It was a tough sequence in which Williams managed to escape from a loss, and create a momentum which saw her defeating Qiang in a tiebreak.
But instead of continuing to ride on that wave, Serena stopped and started playing sloppy once again. Eventually, the rival used that in the best possible way and advanced to the next round, where she meets Ons Jaber, who defeated Caroline Wozniacki.
Interestingly, Serena and Qiang met at the US Open last year, and back then, Williams rolled over her opponent, beating her with 6-0, 6-1. Qiang stated at the press that this particular loss motivated her enormously and that she worked very hard following it.
The advance to the round of 16 is her best result in Australia so far, and if she continues to play like this, beating Jabeur wouldn’t be very surprising.
Wozniacki Ends Her Remarkable Career
The Moroccan player beat the 2018 AO champion, Caroline Wozniacki, who played her last professional match.
The former No.1, who holds the record of the longest gap between returns to the top position in the WTA rankings, had one very emotional goodbye following the event.
The spectators made a standing ovation, with a tribute video being shown in which all of the top tennis players addressed a few words to the Danish champion.
She couldn’t hide the tears after all this.
Wozniacki decided to end her career at 29 years because of health problems. Some 18 months ago, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that causes joints to hurt and decreases its mobility.
During her career, Wozniacki was the No.1 for 71 weeks, but her successes were diminished in the beginning, as she couldn’t win a single Grand Slam title. Six years after stepping down from the No.1 position, she made a miraculous run here in Melbourne, taking the trophy, and proving all her critics wrong.
Apart from the title at the Australian Open, Wozniacki has 29 other pieces of silverware.
The entire crew of Veggasodds.com wishes her all the best in the future life.