Serena Williams fell yet to another disappointing defeat, this time against China’s Wang Qiana.
The 38-year-old was knocked out of the Australian Open by China’s 27th seed, as her quest for a 34th grand slam singles title goes on.
The veteran tennis superstar lost 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 to be dumped out of the Australian tournament in the third round.
“I can’t play like that. I literally can’t do that again. That’s unprofessional. It’s not cool,” the seven time champion said.
This is not the first time Williams would be pitted with Wang. In fact, the American defeated the 28-year-old in only 44 minutes the US Open held in september where her opponent could manage only one game and 15 points.
Her performance this time was not reflective of a veteran who has dominated the tennis scene for a decade now or who had constantly featured in the world 30 over the past year and a half.
After flinching at first when serving with the match scoreline at 5-4, she quickly made amends in stunning fashion.
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Her opponent, Wang knew just how best to take advantage of her and continued to do so in the third set.
After briefly fumbling again as Williams struggled to come back, the 28-year-old sealed the win.
“I honestly didn’t think I was going to lose that match,” said serial winner, Williams when asked about her thoughts after levelling at one set all.
Williams came into the encounter on the back of an Auckland Classic win and impressive wins over Russia’s Anastasia Potapova and Slovakia’s Tamara Zidansek but couldn’t continue that form against her Chinese contingent.
“I made a lot of errors. I didn’t hit any of those shots in New York or in general in a really long time,” Williams said.
“I just made far too many errors to be a professional athlete today.
“I’m definitely going to be training tomorrow. That’s first and foremost, to make sure I don’t do this again.”