Thursday, 27 February, 2020

China's Wang Qiang faces hard rematch with Serena Williams

United States' Serena Williams reacts after winning a point against Russia's Anastasia Potapova during their first round singles match at the Australi How to live stream Australian Open 2020: Time, channel, schedule
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The No.27 seed Wang, who beat Ashleigh Barty at last year's US Open, ousted the eighth-seeded American 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 in a match lasting two hours and 41 minutes.

Friday's stunning defeat also extends Williams' drought without a major championship since she last won the Australian Open in 2017 while pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia. "After last time I did really hard work on and off court, I believed I could do it".

The window for another Grand Slam trophy may have grown smaller on Friday but 38-year-old Williams said she felt like she was "on the way up" and dismissed the idea that she might have made her last appearance in Melbourne.

In the fourth round for the first time, Wang will take on Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, who defeated retiring Caroline Wozniacki, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 earlier in the day to advance.

"Each one is definitely an opportunity for me to go out there and win".

"I definitely do believe (I can equal it) or I wouldn't be on tour", said Williams, a seven-time victor at Melbourne Park.

This is only the second time Delbonis has made it beyond the first round of the Australian Open - he reached the third round in 2016.

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The Spaniard launched his campaign to equal the Swiss great's mark by dropping just five games in a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 annihilation of Bolivian Hugo Dellien in the Australian Open first round. He added, "I was so scared for her honestly the ball was so quick and (hit her) straight on the head. Hopefully if I serve as good as I did today, I feel I have a decent chance", the world No. 2 said of his next opponent.

Friday's encounter was a world away from their quarterfinal meeting at the U.S. Open previous year, when it had taken Williams only 44 minutes to progress to the next round after a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing.

Williams, a seven-time Australian Open champion, lost before the fourth round at the tournament for just the fourth time in her illustrious career. "I had a bad memory from Wimbledon a long time ago".

The receiving was especially strong from Wang Qiang as she won 57% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent's serve on 5 occasions.

We take a closer look at the 33-year-old as he prepares for another match in Melbourne.

Djokovic is seeking to become only the third man to win eight or more titles at the same Grand Slam after Rafael Nadal (12 at Roland Garros) and Roger Federer (eight at Wimbledon).

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