Idiom: third time lucky / third time's the charm
2014 Australian Open winner Li Na explained the meaning of this idiom in her victory speech:
“Finally I got her [the Australian Open trophy]. The last two times [in 2011 and 2013] were very close.”
So third time’s the charm means the third time you try something it will work out (you will succeed). By the way, we also say “third time lucky” in English to mean the same thing.
Before her match, Li Na was asked if she’d be “third time lucky” in the final and she replied, “In China, 6 and 8 are lucky.” I guess it’s a good thing she was playing in Australia and not in China that day!
If you haven’t seen her victory speech then you have to watch it (see video below). Li Na is Chinese so English is her second language and she did very well with her speech. Congratulations Li Na! Well done!
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