Melbourne (AP) - After a dominant start, Julia Görges is still out in the third round of the Australian Open. The 31-year-old was beaten in Melbourne by 6: 1, 6: 7 (4: 7), 2: 6 of the American Alison Riske.
The German number two of the tennis women, like Serena Williams, missed the round of 16 at the first Grand Slam tournament of the season. For the American, the hunt for the 24th Grand Slam title ended surprisingly early with the 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 2), 5: 7 against the Chinese Wang Qiang.
Görges resisted the defeat and initially fended off three match balls from the American, who was placed in 18th place, in a grandiose manner. But after 2:16 hours of play she had to congratulate her opponent on the net. The German women boss Barbara Rittner had the world rankings 39. Görges was previously classified as an “easy favorite”, but also warned: “Riske has played the best tennis of her life in the past few months.” Not only Rittner had hoped for an appealing round of 16 round with Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty, with whom Görges competes in doubles at the Australian Open.
Upon her return to the tennis tour, Williams is still waiting for her first Grand Slam title as a mother and also missed the chance to set Australian Court Court's all-time record in Melbourne. "I really didn't think I could lose this match," said Williams, struggling with her many mistakes against World Ranking 29. Wang Qiang: «It was all up to me. I lost the match. I can't play like that. It is unprofessional. It's not cool. »In 2017 Williams won her last Grand Slam title in Melbourne, when she was already pregnant.
The Danish Caroline Wozniacki also said goodbye and ended her tennis career with the third round end. The former world number one was defeated by the Tunisian Ons Jabeur 5: 7, 6: 3, 5: 7. Wozniacki had previously announced that she wanted to end her career after the first Grand Slam tournament. In 2018 she won the title in Melbourne.
"I usually don't cry," said the 29-year-old Dane when her tears rolled down: "It was a great trip. I am ready for the next chapter. ”With a look back at her career and her tennis colleagues' on-screen honors, the Dane was honored at the Melbourne Arena and said goodbye to the song“ Sweet Caroline ”with a Danish flag over her shoulders from the fans.