SERENA WILLIAMS OUT OF AUSTRALIAN OPEN AS OSAKA IS STUNNED BY GAUFF

 SERENA WILLIAMS OUT OF AUSTRALIAN OPEN AS OSAKA IS STUNNED BY GAUFF

Serena Williams referred to herself “unprofessional” after her bid for a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles title at the Australian open ended with a shock defeat to 27th seed, Chinese no 1 , Wang Giang.

China’s Wang Giang could only win one game and 15points the last time Serena played her which was the 2019 us open but the story changed this time as the 27th seed claimed a 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 victory.

 Williams made 56 unforced errors compared to 20 for her opponent as she made her earliest exit from the Australian open in 14 years.

It was her earliest defeat at a hard-court grand slam since here in 2006, and will put huge doubt on her 24th slam chase

While the focus was on Williams, this was a special day for Wang, particularly given what happened in New York last summer.

Wang was coached for four years by Australian former doubles great Peter McNamara, who died from cancer last summer.

In another shocking ouster, American teenager Cori Coco Gauff produced an astounding performance to knock out defending Australian open champion Naomi Osaka on Friday.

The 15-year-old has already made headlines around the world but none of her achievements so far could compare to this as she took apart one of the best players in the world on rod laver arena.

Gauff showed just how far she has come since Osaka produced a complete performance to beat her for the loss of three games at the us open as she completed a stunning 6-3 6-4 success in 67 minutes.

She will now face Sofia Kenin in the round of 16

Mary Akinsola

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