Serena Williams blames Australian Open exit on unforced error count

Serena Williams blames Australian Open exit on unforced error count

Serena Williams blames Australian Open exit on unforced error count

Williams dropped just one game in beating Wang in the quarter-finals at the US Open past year, but was stunned 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 7-5 on Friday.

Wang, who was thrashed 6-1, 6-0 by Williams in the US Open quarter-finals a year ago, savoured sweet revenge at Rod Laver Arena to end the US tennis star's bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, sending shockwaves through Melbourne Park on Friday.

The Chinese player's form deserted her as she served for the match at 5-4, allowing Williams to break back with a superb forehand victor at the end of a 24-shot rally.

A long backhand return saw Wang serve out the opening set to 15, stunning Williams.

Looking at her opponent, Serena Williams has continued her dominant performance as she won her previous match in straight sets.

Williams' exit marks the first time she has failed to advance past the third round at Melbourne Park since 2006.

Yet, for unknown reasons, Serena continued to play like she used to do, with massive oscillations and choosing all the wrong shots and mistakes.

Serena struggled in the match against Qiang as she converted just one of her break chances and made 56 unforced errors.

Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Australian Open on January 24 will play with Yoshihito Nishioka.

The Serbian star gave up just seven games against the world number 146 in the 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 workout on Rod Laver Arena which lasted just 95 minutes.

Wozniacki held serve once to stay in the match but on the second occasion she went behind and an ill-judged HawkEye challenge set up a match point.

And so it proved as the teenager broke once in the first set and twice in the second to floor a rattled Osaka and ramp up a rivalry that could run and run.

Friday's encounter was a world away from their quarterfinal meeting at the U.S. Open past year, when it had taken Williams only 44 minutes to progress to the next round after a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing. Wang picked up the lone break she needed at love with an easy forehand putaway victor that made it 5-4.

We take a closer look at the 33-year-old as he prepares for another match in Melbourne. Then Djokovic dealt with Nishioka in two sets, allowing the Japanese tennis player to take only three games.

"You have to accept them and embrace the fact that, I guess, you're going to be challenged on different levels, not just by your opponent, but also the conditions".

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