Stephens upsets Williams in stunner

It was the first time that Williams, the best player of her generation, had been beaten by a younger American. Williams and Stephens only met recently but they have had considerable contact in the last year.

updated: January 23, 2013 13:28 IST
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Melbourne, Australia: What was supposed to be a learning experience against one of the greatest tennis players in history turned into one of the biggest upsets in tennis history on Wednesday, when the 19-year-old Sloane Stephens introduced herself to a global audience by rallying to defeat her 31-year-old American elder Serena Williams, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. (In image: Sloane Stephens)

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, top, is the No. 1 player in the world and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia is ranked 75th.

Williams is a 15-time Grand Slam singles champion, and was the No. 3 seed and heavy favorite here, but what made the result all the more surprising was that she has been as dominant of late as she has been in the past: sweeping to the Wimbledon, Olympic and United States Open titles last year and winning 20 straight matches coming into this quarterfinal.

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