Serena Williams was a favourite in 2013 Australian Open - the first grand slam of the year. But, in came a relatively unknown American Tennis player, Sloane Stephens who outplayed Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the tournament - showing her the exit doors and putting an end to Serena's dream of winning her sixth Australian Open. She won the match with 3-6, 5-7 and 4-6.
This achievement of the 19-year-old girl is second to none, for she has defeated one of the most experienced players in the WTA circuit. Her performance showed she is ready for the big league and earn a name in the ever competitive women's circuit. Normally Serena is known for demolishing opponents, but she failed against her young opponent, who was just improving with every single shot.
Even Serena's experience of 18 years in the WTA circuit and her bag of titles failed to stop the ever determined American girl. She announced her arrival in the circuit with a bang. No player would take her easy from now on. So, she must always be on the lookout to improve upon her game and come up with special tricks and shots to remain in the limelight for future years as well.
Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Steffi Graff, Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport all passed this test and it’s Stephen's turn to do so now. If she succeeds, she has a great future in the tennis world.
Stephens grabbed the headlines all over the world by winning her biggest match till date and creating the biggest upset in the Australian Open. Williams was looking great en route to the quarters of the competition. She had not dropped a single set in her previous matches, so tennis pundits had put this match as a routine exercise for Williams.
With this victory, Stephens has reached the semi-finals of the competition, where she will meet Victoria Azarenka - the top seed in the women's draw. If Azarenka watched the loss of Williams against Stephens, then she is aware of the threat the new girl on the block faces. She cannot be taken lightly.