Serena Williams out in third round of Australian Open

Posted at 3:03 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 15:03:41-05

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Serena Williams has lost to China's Wang Qiang in the third round of the Australian Open.

The seven-time Australian Open champion was down a set and a break and Wang was serving for victory in the second set before Williams broke back and leveled the match after dominating the tiebreaker.

Williams was serving to stay in the match when Wang broke her to clinch a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 victory.

In their only previous meeting, Williams beat Wang 6-1, 6-0 in 44 minutes at last year's U.S. Open quarterfinals.

Williams's bid for a her 24th Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court's all-time record will have to wait. She has lost the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals in 2018 and `19 and hasn't added to her collection of majors since her title at Melbourne Park in 2017.