Table tennis legend, Serena Williams has been knocked out of the Australian Open as her wait for a first Grand Slam since becoming a mother goes on
The 38-year-old American has been knocked out of the Australian Open after she was defeated by Chinese No.1, Qiang Wang in the third round.
She was aiming for a 24th Slam but was beaten 6-4 6-7 7-5, meaning her wait for a first Grand Slam since becoming a mother goes on.
Speaking after the game, Williams blamed herself afterward, saying: ‘I just made far too many errors to be a professional athlete today.’
She insisted that she can still win big again, and added; ‘I definitely do believe that or I wouldn’t be on tour. I don’t play just to have fun. To lose is really not fun, to play to lose, personally. I seem to do well the last two slams of the year.
‘I have won them all several times. Each one is definitely an opportunity for me to go out there and win. It’s not even about the slams, it’s about just me playing good tennis, and I didn’t do that today. That is more disappointing. So it’s not even about the win, it’s just more about I’m better than that.
‘She served well. I didn’t return like Serena. If we were just honest with ourselves, it’s all on my shoulders. I lost that match.’
Her defeat comes days after her big sister, Venus Willams, 39, was defeated by 15-year-old tennis star Coco Gauff.