Flamboyant tennis great, Serena Williams has crashed out of the women’s event at the ongoing Australian Open.
The lethal blow was struck by American teenager Sloane Stephens, who grew up with a poster of the 15-time Grand Slam champion on her bedroom wall.
The 19-year-old won the quarter final match in two hours and 17 minutes, losing the first set 3-6, but wining the 2nd and 3rd 7-5,6-4, to book a place in the semis.
The last time the American played an all American Grand Slam quarterfinal was at the US open in 2008 and the opponent she defeated was her sister Venus Williams , a 7 time grand slam winner herself.
The tournament’s favourite Serena has described this year’s Australian Open as her worst Grand Slam experience.
A courtside microphone picked her muttering “the worst two weeks.”
In the game, the 31-year-old hit herself in the face with her racket in the second-round, after falling and injuring her right ankle during the opening round.
“I think that kind of started everything up the chain because I’m compensating and maybe it made my back hurt,” she later said.
The winner savoring the joy of the said:
“I’m in the semis of a Grand Slam, I was like, whoa, it wasn’t as hard as I thought but it’s pretty cool,” she said in her post-match news conference. “I didn’t think it would happen this fast, but the journey’s been good, it’s been fun,” she said.
When she found herself trailing 3-6, 0-2, Stephens convinced herself she could come back.
“You just fight and just get every ball back, run every ball down, and just get a lot of balls in play,” said Stephens, who began charging the net and playing more aggressively, helped by Williams who—because of her back—recorded first serves as slow as 114 kilometers an hour, well below her tournament-leading 207 kph bombshells.