Australian Open: Inspired Ivanovic stuns Serena


Ana Ivanovic pulled off the first huge shock of the 2014 season, outslugging Serena Williams 4-6 6-3 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open, according to wtatennis.com. Williams was going for her 18th Grand Slam title Down Under. Such was Serena Williams’ dominance in 2013 that there was buzz in the tennis world about her potentially winning a calendar year Grand Slam in 2014 – but Ana Ivanovic put an abrupt end to that buzz. The No.1-seeded Williams didn’t look her best – off the ground she had five winners to 25 unforced in the match – but Ivanovic was as sharp as ever, even after falling behind a set, and after Williams sent one last shot beyond the baseline the No.14-seeded Serb had the biggest win of her career. “I actually believed,” Ivanovic said. “I had some confidence coming into today’s match. I really did certain things extremely well, and I kept her under pressure throughout the whole match, I felt”. Williams, whose 18th Grand Slam title would have tied her with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for second-most in the Open Era, was asked about her off-day and a back injury afterwards. “I definitely didn’t feel myself going into the match today,” she said. “I made a tremendous amount of errors, shots I missed I normally don’t miss, that I haven’t missed since the ‘80s. It wasn’t the best, but it was all Ana today. I thought she played really well.”

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