Sloane Stephens Shocks Serena Williams in Australian Open Quarterfinals

Jan 19, 2013; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Sloane Stephens (USA) returns a shot during her match against Laura Robson (GBR) on day six of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Mandatory Credit: Matthias Hauer/GEPA via USA TODAY Sports

Serena Williams has been shocked in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after 19-year-old Sloane Stephens was able to capture the final two sets and upset the women’s tennis star on the way to the semifinals. It was a stunning loss for Williams, who had won her previous 13 matches in straight sets.

Williams appeared to injure her back in the second set and never was able to recover. Stephens took advantage and was able to close out the 15-time Grand Slam Champion.

In the third set, Williams was unable to hold in her frustration. Williams let her anger out on her defenseless racket and continued to destroy it by repeatedly smashing it on the court. Here is a GIF of Williams’ emotions boiling over in the third set, via @CJZero:

Immediately after the match, Stephens did what any teenage girl would do and checked her phone, which had 145 unread messages. Stephens was also wondering if her major upset sparked some internet fame in the Twitterverse.

“I hope to have a lot more Twitter followers,” Stephens said in an interview after the match.

She currently sits at 35,000 followers. You can follow Sloane Stephens on Twitter here. It was a great conclusion to an amazing performance from the 19-year-old.

Stephens will play defending champion Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals.

For those of you wondering what happened to Williams’ poor racket, here is the carnage:


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