Sport

US teen Stephens into Aus Open semis after toppling Serena

EVEN Sloane Stephens didn't really think she could beat Serena Williams, not before she went to bed on Tuesday night anyway.

But when she woke up yesterday morning she thought what the hell, just give it your best shot.

That's exactly what she did, conjuring up the biggest upset in recent times by beating Williams 3-6 7-5 6-4 to earn an Australian Open semi-final match-up against world No.1 Victoria Azarenka.

"Uhm, last night I was thinking about it and I was like, someone asked me like, 'Do you think you can win'?" the 19-year-old said.

"I was like, 'Yeah, I think so', but I wasn't like too clear about it.

"Then this morning when I got up, I was like, 'Look, dude, like, you can do this. Like, go out and play and do your best'."

Her best didn't look like it would be good enough when Williams took the first set, but the teenager's prospects changed dramatically when the tournament favourite needed a medical time out to get treatment on a back complaint late in the second set.

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

After the match Williams refused to use the injury as an excuse, although it clearly hampered her game, particularly her serve.

"It's fine," she said.

"Everyone at this stage in the locker room has something wrong with them, so it's fine - there's no excuse there."

Questioned further, Williams said, "A few days ago it just got really tight and I had no rotation on it. I went for this drop shot in the second set today and it just locked up on me. It was a little painful, and I couldn't really rotate after that. But it's okay. It was what it was."

Stephens is the first American teenager to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam since Williams achieved the feat at the 2001 US Open.

Azarenka earned her place in today's semi-final by downing Russian Svetlana Kusnetsova 7-5 6-1.

Topics:  australian open injury serena williams tennis victoria azarenka



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

What's on this weekend

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

Things to do in Ipswich

Family of slain grandfather welcomes guilty plea

Ariik Mayot was arrested by police after attacking Ipswich grandfather Lindsay Ede in Goodna. Photo: Contributed

"COWARD's punch" killer could serve life in jail

Rally over land clearing in Ipswich today

Helen Darbellay releasing a koala at Hardy's campground at Purga on Friday. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times

Group wants the council to take a more active role

Local Partners

Gigi Hadid: I'm 'taking the pressure off' myself

Gigi Hadid is trying to "take the pressure off" herself this year.

Ricky Gervais announces first dates of world tour

Ricky Gervais has announced his first world tour in seven years.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in 'final stages' of divorce

Depp's outstanding divorce money to be paid over 15 months

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcome their second child

Mila Kunis won't be naming her second child 'Hawkeye'

First look at Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise in The Mummy

Russell Crowe in a scene from the first teaser trailer for the movie The Mummy.

HOLLYWOOD heavyweights helm serious reboot of action franchise.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Fame is 'unhealthy'

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt feels bad perpetuating celebrity culture

New 1200-seat Mormon church to open in Ipswich

COMMUNITY: Barbara MacDonald of Springfield Lakes with her children from left, Jacob, 6, Charlotte, 2, Joseph, 4, Emily, 9, and Lachlan, 8, outside the newly built Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at Augustine Heights.

One of Australia's largest Mormon churches will open this month

REVEALED: 25 of Ipswich's cheapest houses

8 Trumper St, East Ipswich, Offers above $230,000.

Old and neglected homes in hot demand with renovators

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!