Five-time champion Serena Williams is out of the Australian Open after a stunning upset against Ana Ivanovic.
The loss snapped the American’s 25-match winning streak going back to August before she won her fifth U.S. Open.
Serena Williams went out of the Australian Open as a back injury hindered the five-time champion against a rampant Ana Ivanovic. The Serb came back from a set down to win 4-6 6-3 6-3 – her first ever victory over Williams in five attempts. There had been reports before the match that Williams had a back problem, and so it proved. “I almost pulled out. I’m such a competitor, I probably should have,” said the world number one. click here to read more
“I’ve never seen Ana play that good,” the Frenchman told BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller. “I think she’s improved her game, returning much better, serving better.
“Serena blocked her back during practice and after that all the muscles got really tight. She was about to pull out before playing Daniela Hantuchova [in the third round]. She finally decided to try and I don’t know how she got through this match, but she did. Today it was better but she couldn’t move the way she usually does, so very often she was off balance and couldn’t hit as hard or move up to the ball.
“She was not at her best, but not everyone would have beaten her anyway. Ana played a really great match.”