By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 23, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – 19-year-old Sloane Stephens shocked the tennis world on Wednesday at the Australian Open, defeating 15-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 and progressing into her first career Grand Slam semifinal.
“Today I just really didn’t have anything to lose, “ Stephens said. “I mean, you’re playing for the semis of a Grand Slam. You just got to go out and do it really.”
Williams’ 18 years of experience as a pro shone through in the opening set and a half as she got herself ahead of the younger American claiming the first set 6-3 and leading a break in the beginning of the second set.
Being down 0-2 in the second set Stephens picked up her game and really took it to her mentor.
“I think I was convinced that I was able to do it when I lost serve in the first game in the second set and I went down 2-0. And I was like, Hmm, this is not the way you want it to happen. But you just fight and just get every ba