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Roundup: Williams bows out, Medvedev snaps Wu's historic run at US Open

Serena Williams of the United State reacts during the women's singles third round match against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia at the 2022 US Open tennis championships in New York, the United States, Sept. 2, 2022. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

Legendary Serena Williams fell at the women's singles round 3, while defending men's singles champion Daniil Medvedev snapped the impressive run of China's Wu Yibing at the US Open.

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- 23-time Grand Slam singles winner Serena Williams bowed out after her 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1 third round loss to Australian Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday while defending champion Daniil Medvedev defeated China's Wu Yibing.

The American tennis legend thanked her parents, older sister Venus and fans after the match.

"It's been the most incredible ride and journey I've ever been on in my life," she said.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) honored Williams as one of "the greatest champions in the history of sports."

"The WTA today celebrates the extraordinary Serena Williams, who retires from professional tennis having secured her place among the greatest champions in the history of sports," the organization said in a statement.

Turning 41 later this month, the record Grand Slam title holder in Open Era has 73 tournament wins, including 23 singles, 14 doubles and two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles as well as four Olympic gold medals. She also topped the world singles rankings for 319 weeks.

Wu Yibing of China hits a return during the men's singles third round match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia at the 2022 US Open tennis championships in New York, the United States, Sept. 3, 2022. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

In the men's singles on Day 5 of US Open, World No.1 Medvedev from Russia, not dropping a single set so far, snapped the history-making run of Chinese player Wu Yibing 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

"I was serving a little bit better than him, and that was the key today. But it was a really tough match, a lot of tight games," said the defending champion who seized the victory with 12 aces, winning about 71 percent of his first-serve points.

The 2022 US Open marked the 22-year-old Wu's Grand Slam main-draw debut. Despite the defeat, he had already started a new page in Chinese tennis history by reaching US Open men's singles last 32.

"This amazing journey gives me more confidence to forge ahead. It is a valuable opportunity to learn from world leading tennis players. I will keep practicing and improving my skills to bring more surprise to fans in the future," said the former US Open boys' champion.

In the fourth round, Medvedev will face Australian Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round, who took a victory over American J.J. Wolf 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

Casper Ruud of Norway, seeded No. 5, outlasted American 29th seed Tommy Paul 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-0 in four and a half hours.

In the women's singles, No. 5 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia defeated American Shelby Rogers 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 while No. 17 seed Caroline Garcia of France overcame 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 6-2.

China's Zhang Shuai claimed a straight-set victory over Canadian Rebecca Marino 6-2, 6-4, reaching the round of 16 at the US Open for the first time in her career. ■