Can you say Teen Spirit? It was lots of that at the Australian Open quarterfinals.
Stephens won 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 against Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals Wednesday.
Stephens current rank is world no. 25, as of January 13, 2013; that is her career high in singles. She is currently the youngest woman in the WTA top 40.
During the game Williams suffered injuries in her ankle and back and a trainer had to be called onto the court which caused a three-minute medical timeout.
When asked about the win all Stephens could muster up was, “I don’t even know. Oh, my goodness.”
Her eyes welled up a few moments later as ex-pro and Australian television analyst Rennae Stubbs interviewed her on court, but by the time she arrived to meet the assembled media, she was well composed and seemed thrilled — as to be expected.
“This morning when I got up, I was like, ‘Look, dude, like, you can do this. Like, go out and play and do your best,’” Stephens said.
“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 ball back, run every ball down, and just get a lot of balls in play, I think you’ll be OK.’ From then on I got aggressive, started coming to the net more, and just got a lot more comfortable. I just kind of played my game from there, I think,” the tennis star said.
A composed and gracious Williams declined to blame the injury for her loss.
“I think everyone at this stage in the locker room has something wrong with them, so it’s fine,” she said. “There’s no excuse there.”
“I hope to have a lot more Twitter followers,” she said after the match.
@sloanetweets account was at 17,000 followers when the match ended at 11:45 p.m. ET. The total stands a shy under 50,000 — 5:30pm PDT today (Wednesday).