January 16, 2021

Wang Qiang, Fresh From Upsetting Serena, Now Believes She Belongs

The Chinese player, seeded 27th and headed for the fourth round of the Australian Open, has spent months building up her strength — and confidence.Wang Qiang, who beat Serena Williams on Friday at the Australian Open, said she had “so much more confidence than last year.”
Wang Qiang, who beat Serena Williams on Friday at the Australian Open, said she had “so much more confidence than last year.”Credit…Asanka Brendon Ratnayake for The New York Times
By Ben Rothenberg
Jan. 24, 2020

MELBOURNE, Australia — Wang Qiang says she lost so quickly to Serena Williams in the United States Open quarterfinals last year that it hardly left a mark: 6-1, 6-0, 44 minutes.

“A really tough match, you’ll always remember,” Wang said in an interview with The New York Times on Friday. “That one was easy — I think I didn’t play two balls in a row, so for me it’s easy to forget it.

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