American teenager Sloane Stephens stuns Serena Williams out of Australian Open

Stephens will play defending champion Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals.

updated: January 23, 2013 12:12 IST
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Melbourne: American teenager Sloane Stephens ended Serena Williams' bid for a historic calendar-year Grand Slam when she sent the injury-hampered favourite crashing out of the Australian Open Wednesday.

As Williams, who was troubled by ankle problems earlier in the tournament, required treatment for back spasms and smashed her racquet as the match slipped away, Stephens held her nerve to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in 2hr 17min.

"This is so crazy," said Stephens, who used to have Williams' poster on her bedroom wall. "I think I'll put a poster of myself up now."

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