Agiftattheageofthirty!WangQiangeliminatedXiaoweiandadvancedtotheAustralianOpen16
WangQiangisinthegame.Picture/VisualOnthe30thdayofChineseNewYear,WangQiangsentabiggifttoChinesefans.InthethirdroundoftheAustralianOpenwomen’ssinglesjustended,27thseedWangQiangdefeated8thseedXiaowei6-4,6-7,7-5toadvancetothetop16andbecameSunTiantian.Chineseplayer.Lastyear,theUSOpenquarter-finals,WangQiangandXiaoweihadanencounter,ChinaJinhualost1to6,0to6,thewholegametookonly44minutes.RelativetoXiaowei’ssecondgamebeforethegame,WangQiangsaidthathehadnothingtolose.Thistimeitwasanimprovementtowintwogames.Relaxed,itisexpectedtobebetterthanlasttime.”Afterthefirstfourgamesofthefirstset,WangQiangcompletedthesmallgoalandsuccessfullysavedhistwoservegames.Inthecrucialninthgame,WangQiangbroketenaciouslyandsetthenextset6-4.Inthefirstgame,WangQiangsavedall4breakpoints.Inthesecondset,WangQiangbroketheleadagain,takinga4-2lead.Intheseventhgame,WangQiangonceagaingotabreakpoint,butwasstubbornlysavedbyXiaowei.Inthe10thinning,thetwoplayedalong24roundshot.WilliamsbrokeWangQiang’sservetoequalizethescore5-5,andequalizedthebigscoreinthetie-break.Inthefinalset,thetwostillplayedverytightlytogether.WangQiangdidnotwasteachanceandseizedthethirdmatchpoint.Intheend,shelockedthevictory7-5,andthetop16washerbestresultintheAustralianOpen.Afterlosingthisgame,SerenaimpactedMargaret?Coulter’s24bestGrandSlamhistoryrecordhasagainfailed.AsfarastheAustralianOpenisconcerned,thelasttimethatWeiweistoppedthethirdroundwasin2006.Theentiregametook2hoursand41minutes.WangQiangplayedverystable.Therewereonly20unforcederrorsinthegame,andXiaoweiappearedin56.Atthispoint,WangQiangalsobecamethethirdChineseplayertobeatSerenaWilliams.InthesecondroundoftheChinaOpenin2005,SunTiantiandefeatedXiaoweiinacoldwar.IntheStuttgartOpenin2008,LiNadefeatedSerena2-1.EditorXuXiaofanproofreadingLiShihui