19-Year-Old Sloane Stephens Knocks Serena Williams Out Of The Australia Open
19-year-old American Sloane Stephens has caused the upset of the Australian Open so far, knocking ailing Serena Williams out in the quarter finals. Stephens has beaten her childhood idol 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, and is the first teenager through to a Grand Slam semi-final since 2009. Stephens used to have a poster of Williams on her wall growing up, and can't quite believe what she's achieved. She is set to meet world number one Victoria Azarenka in the semi finals tomorrow. Stephens earned 500,000 Australian dollars (US$526,793) for reaching the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Stephens' followers count on Twitter rose to 35,000 after the match from 17,000 before. It has now crept past 40,000, thanks to messages from the likes of former basketball star NBA star Shaquille O’Neal who told her, “When you defeat a legend, you become a legend. Keep it going.”