Brilliant Stephens stuns Serena

23 January 2013 03:54:56 EST

Sloane Stephens has become the first American teenager to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for more than a decade by beating Serena Williams at the Australian Open.

Stephens, the only teenager in the top 50, stunned the 15-time Grand Slam champion by hitting back from a set and a break down to progress 3-6 7-5 6-4.

Last night someone asked me, 'Do you think you can win?' I thought about it and I was like, 'Yeah, I think so'.

Sloane Stepens

Williams, who had reached the last four of the US Open in 2001 when still a teenager, had won her last 20 matches, and the last 27 sets she had played, but was ultimately undone by the confident 29th seed Stephens.

Afterwards Stephens, now 14/1 to win the Australian Open, said: "Last night someone asked me, 'Do you think you can win?' I thought about it and I was like, 'Yeah, I think so,' but I wasn't too clear about it.

"This morning when I got up, I was like, 'Dude, like, you can do this. Like go out and play and do your best.' I kind of just played my game from there, I think."

Meanwhile, world number one Victoria Azarenka, 11/10 to retain her Australian Open title, was forced to come from behind to beat a revitalised Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The Belarusian fell 4-1 behind in the first set before eventually claiming a 7-5 6-1 victory, after which she said: "I feel like at the beginning it was a little bit like play around, a lot of back and forth.

"We were both producing good tennis, but I felt like she was a little bit on top of me on the important moments. I didn't really take advantage, and she did. That's why she had the lead at the start.

"But then I turned it around and took control in my hands. That's what I felt was a turning point."

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