Originally written January 23, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
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The 19-year-old Sloane Stephens recorded the best upset of her career. In the most shocking result of the 2013 Australian Open to date, the 19-year-old rising star Sloane Stephens capitalized on an ailing Serena Williams to reach the semifinals in just her seventh appearance at a major main draw.  Rallying from losing the first set, Stephens conquered not only her injured but still formidable foe but her own nerves in a 3-6 7-5 6-4 rollercoaster that knocked out the title favorite. Off to a shaky start on return, Serena allowed Stephens to hold comfortably in her first two service games.  The teenager showed no nerves in her debut on Rod Laver Arena, a smaller venue after all than the US Open’s Arthur Ashe Stadium, where she had played before.  Serena’s early sluggishness thus might have caused concern had she not continued to excel behind her serve, which Stephens could not solve.  The first set thus resembled the first set of their Brisbane meeting, an encounter that stayed on ser...
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