Serena Williams out from 2013 Australian Open, loses from Sloane Stephens, destroys racket (Video)By Angel Cuala on Jan 23, 2013 in Australia, Sports, Tennis •
Serena Williams is now out from 2013 Australian Open, after losing from fellow US tennis player Sloane Stephens, 3-6 7-5 6-4. Stephens, 19, beat Williams, 31, in the quarterfinals of the tournament. To express her frustration during the tough match, Serena destroys her racket, as shown in the video below.
Serena Williams destroys racket
Image Credit: Dennis Sabangan/EPA
As noted in a report at AustralianOpen.com today, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Serena Williams suffered an ankle injury during the first round against 29th-seeded Sloane Stephens. Serena‘s loss stopped her 20-game winning streak, and it was the first time she lost to a younger American player.
“Oh, my gosh, I’m almost relieved that it’s over because there’s only so much I felt I could do.” Serena was quoted telling to reporters during the post-match press conference, who won gold at the 2012 London Olympics last August after beating Maria Sharapova, and later winning the US Open against Victoria Azarenka.
“I even screamed on the court. I was like, Ahh. I totally locked up after that. It was just like – it was a little painful. But, I mean, it’s OK. It was what it was.” Serena added, referring to her ankle injury and the back pain she endured towards the end of the second set. She was treated by a doctor and continued to play.
“Oh, yeah. Did you see it? I even had a wry smile on my lips after that. It made me happy, unfortunately.” The 15-time Grand Slam champion said with a smile, as a reply when she was asked about her anger that triggered her to destroy her racket after a linesman called a foot fault on her during the third set.
For Stephens, who admitted being a great fan of Serena Williams and even has a poster of her on her bedroom wall joked, “This is so crazy, but oh my goodness. I might have to put my own poster up now.” She is set to face world No.1 Victoria Azarenka in the tournament’s semi-finals this Thursday, January 24.
Serena Williams destroys racket at 2013 Australian Open
Video Credit: AustralianOpenTV/YouTube
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