(CNN) China’s Qiang Wang has disposed of 23-time Grand Slam victor Serena Williams from the Australian Open, overcoming the beautified American in three sets 6-4, 6-7 and 7-5 in Melbourne on Friday.
Via web-based networking media, fans hailed Wang’s exhibition, portraying it as a masterclass. The 28-year-old competitor, from the Chinese port city of Tianjin, was the number 27 seed making a beeline for the competition. She will presently go head to head against Tunisian national Ons Jabeur in the fourth round on Saturday.
The moment of a LIFETIME!
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Williams’ leave denotes the first occasion when she has neglected to progress past the third round at Melbourne Park since 2006. She tumbles to 108-5 in her vocation during the main seven day stretch of hardcourt majors.
Friday’s shocking annihilation additionally expands Williams’ dry spell without a significant title since she last won the Australian Open in 2017 while pregnant with little girl Alexis Olympia.
Williams, 38, who two weeks prior won her first WTA title since 2017, stays one Grand Slam title away from tying Margaret Court’s untouched record of 24. Her next opportunity to rise to Court’s record will be at the French Open in May.