Australian Open: Sloane Shocks Serena

Updated: January 23, 2013

Serena Williams was hampered by a back injury in her match against Sloane Stephens.

Sloane Stephens scored the biggest victory of her career, upsetting Serena Williams 3-6 7-5 6-4 to make a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time. Williams suffered a back injury in the eighth game of the second set and was visibly restricted for the rest of the match, but Stephens served out the match with confidence belying her 19 years. It was the first loss for Williams in 20 matches, since August 17. Stephens will face Victoria Azarenka, who took a tightly-contested first set and then rolled to eliminate resurgent Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5 6-1. Azarenka went from being a potential underdog to Williams—who is 11-1 against her—to being favored to return to the final at the event where she is defending champion. The Azarenka-Stephens winner will face the winner of the Maria Sharapova-Li Na semifinal played later today. Sharapova has lost only nine games in the tournament.

Results – Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 75 61
(29) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. (3) Serena Williams (USA) 36 75 64

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (4) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) 62 64
(WC) Barty/Dellacqua (AUS/AUS) d. Lepchenko/Zheng (USA/CHN) 62 64


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