A new leading lady for the Americans? Sloane Stephens might just be her.
Sloane Stephens did what no other teenager has ever done in a Grand Slam: She beat Serena Williams. The massive upset came in the quarterfinals of the Australian open on Tuesday night.
After dropping the first set, Stephens was able to win the last two as Serena suffered through back spasms. Williams used an injury timeout in the second set and appeared to be hampered by the injury throughout the last half of the match.
Here are the video highlights:
In her post-match press conference, Serena discussed the loss and her injury:
For Stephens, this was her first career win against a top 10-ranked player, and it ensures that she will be the youngest player in the top 20 after the tournament. She is also the first American teenager to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam since Serena did it in 2001. Next up for the 19-year-old is No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals on Thursday.