Serena Williams ha a great run at the majors, impressing many YouWager fans in the process. However, this ended in a painful defeat against the American teenager Sloane Stephens.
Stephens, 19, is now headed to the semifinals of the Australian Open.
Williams on the other hand hurt her back in the eighth game of the second set, slowing down her serve, restricting her movement and causing her obvious pain.
Stephens managed to look composed, blocking out the injury issue on the opposite side of the net, and rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win this morning — by far the most significant in her seven Grand Slams.
The player seemed to not realize what was happening until she was warming down, and even then the win had an unreal feeling.
This was Williams’ first defeat since Aug. 17, ending a run of 20 consecutive victories.
The 31 year-old tennis player hadn’t lost a match at a Grand Slam tournament since the French Open, where her first-round exit sparked her resurgence in the second half of 2012 that included titles at Wimbledon, the London Olympics, the U.S. Open and the WTA Championship.
The No. 29-seeded Stephens never did really have the opportunity to beat Williams, who lost only four matches in 2012 and was in contention to regain the No. 1 ranking in her early thirties.