Australian Open

Wang pays touching tribute to late coach after Serena shock

2020-01-24 10:17
Wang Qiang
Wang Qiang (Getty Images)

Melbourne - China's Wang Qiang said her late coach remains in her dreams after she beat seven-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams for the finest victory of her career on Friday.

Wang said Australia's Peter McNamara, who died of cancer in July, would be proud after her steely triumph over the 23-time Grand Slam winner.

"I always dream about him. I think he could see how I played today," said Wang, who beat Williams 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 7-5 to reach the fourth round.

"He will be proud of me. I really wish he could be here to watch me play. Yes, I miss him."

McNamara, who also coached Mark Philippoussis and Grigor Dimitrov, is credited with turning Wang, 28, into a force on the women's tour during their four years together.

Under the Australian, Wang's career began to take off in 2018, when she won two titles and beat Venus Williams en route to the Roland Garros third round.

Last year, Wang had her best Grand Slam season yet, culminating in her quarter-final appearance at the US Open - where she was humbled 6-1, 6-0 by Serena Williams.

Wang, who last year became the highest ranked Chinese player since two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na, said she had been working hard since the defeat at Flushing Meadows.

"I think I have more power than last year... I did a lot of work in the gym. I think it worked," said Wang.

"Playing against (Serena), she's a really aggressive player. You cannot be only passive, you have to stay with her," she added.

"For me, this match was a really aggressive match. She hit more winners than me, but that's the way she plays. I think she missed a lot today. I think that's the point."

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Vote

When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.