Top seed Serena Williams crashed out of the Australian Open in a three set defeat to Serbian Ana Ivanovic, ending her quest to win all four major Opens in 2014.
Ivanovic’s victory is her first over Williams in five attempts, and sees the former world number 1 and 2008 French Open champion reach only her second Grand Slam quarter final since that win in Roland Garros.
Despite Williams saving break points and then taking the first set, Ivanovic fought back to take the match -6 6-3 6-3, as pre-match reports of the American having a back problem proved to be accurate.
Williams’ serve was not the dominant force it usually is, and her movement was also impaired, which allowed Ivanovic to hold her own serve with a much greater degree of comfort than had been expected.
Elsewhere in Melbourne, other seeds made it through to the quarter finals, with men’s 2nd seed Novak Djokovic defeating Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-0 6-2. He will face either Tommy Robredo or Stanislas Wawrinka. Third seed David Ferrer also made it through, 6-7 7-5 6-2 6-1 against Florian Mayer and will play Tomas Berdych.
Li Na, the women’s fourth seed, dropped only two games in a 6-2 6-0 win over Ekaterina Makarova, setting up a quarter final against Flavia Pennetta, who had beaten number 9 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-1 4-6 7-5.
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