Topics:  australian open, serena williams, sloane stephens, tennis, victoria azarenka

Williams falls to fellow American Stephens at Aus Open

Sloane Stephens of the US celebrates winning a point in her Quarterfinal match against Serena Williams of the US during day ten of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
Sloane Stephens of the US celebrates winning a point in her Quarterfinal match against Serena Williams of the US during day ten of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Mark Kolbe / Getty Images

RISING American Sloane Stephens has booked an Australian Open semi-final against Victoria Azarenka with a stunning victory over Serena Williams.

Stephens recovered from a set down to defeat the raging Open favourite 3-6 7-5 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena.

Earlier, Azarenka shook off a tough opening set to cruise into the semi-finals with a 7-5 6-1 win in one hour 47 minutes.

Azarenka said she was prepared for Kuznetsova's tricky game.

"She played really well throughout the whole match," she said.

"I know what she is capable of so I was prepared."

Serena Williams of the US reacts in her Quarterfinal match against Sloane Stephens of the US during day ten of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
Serena Williams of the US reacts in her Quarterfinal match against Sloane Stephens of the US during day ten of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

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