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Tennis: I almost pulled out injured, says Serena

World number one Serena Williams on Sunday revealed she has a back injury and almost pulled out of the Australian Open, after she was upset in the fourth round by Ana Ivanovic. The top seed said she was on strong medication and her movements were hindered, but refused to blame the problem for her performance. "Maybe I wasn't the best physically, but that had nothing to do with it," she said, after being sensationally upset by the Serb 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth round. "I think Ana just played a really good match. She did what it takes to win."

Tennis: Ivanovic upsets injured Serena at Australian Open

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic pulled off a massive upset by beating injured top seed Serena Williams on Sunday to power into the Australian Open quarter-finals. The Serb came from a set down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, ending the American's bid to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 Grand Slam titles. Williams, who was gunning for a sixth Australian crown, revealed afterwards that she had a back injury and had almost pulled out of the tournament before her third round clash with Daniela Hantochova.

Tennis: Serena shocked as Djokovic stretches streak

An injury-hit Serena Williams crashed out of the Australian Open against Ana Ivanovic Sunday, denying her an 18th major title and the chance to win a rare calendar-year Grand Slam. As men's champion Novak Djokovic reached the quarter-finals with his 28th straight win since September, another Serb rubbed out the hot women's favourite and ended one of the longest streaks of her career. In a result which throws the women's draw wide open, Ivanovic capitalised on Williams' poor movement to take her first ever sets against the world number one, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Tennis: Serena shocker dashes Grand Slam bid

An injury-hit Serena Williams crashed out of the Australian Open against Ana Ivanovic Sunday, denying her an 18th major title and the chance to win a rare calendar-year Grand Slam. Williams won the first set but Ivanovic, capitalising on her poor movement and high error-count, took her first ever set against the top seed and then raced through the decider to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. The shock result robs Williams of the chance to join Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on 18 Grand Slams, and draw nearer to Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22.

Ivanovic stuns Serena at Australian Open

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serbia's Ana Ivanovic stunned world number one Serena Williams at the Australian Open on Sunday with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 fourth-round upset at Rod Laver Arena. Ivanovic ended the American's 25-match winning streak to reach her first grand slam quarter-final since the 2012 U.S. Open with an inspired display of clean hitting. "It's amazing. I just tried to play the best I could," a thrilled Ivanovic said in a courtside interview.

No looking back in anger for American Stephens

(Reuters) - Sloane Stephens was keen to swat away any references to a controversial clash against Victoria Azarenka at last year's Australian Open as the American advanced to a possible fourth-round clash against the two-times champion on Monday. "I don't even remember half the stuff that happened," the 20-year-old said when questioned about a possible showdown with Azarenka after she had beaten Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 7-5 6-4 in the third round on Saturday. "It's okay.

Tennis: Resurgent Ivanovic up for Serena challenge

Resurgent former world number one Ana Ivanovic says she is excited by the prospect of facing Serena Williams at the Australian Open to test how far her game has come. Now ranked 14, she has never revisited the highs of 2008 when she won the French Open and made the Australian Open final, but under Serbian coach Nemanja Kontic she feels she is getting back to her best. She won this month's Auckland International and beat local hope Samantha Stosur to earn the chance of meeting Williams for a place in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

Tennis: Inspired by Mandela, Serena rethinks boycott

World number one Serena Williams Friday said she could end her 13-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after being inspired by Nelson Mandela. The American 32-year-old and her sister Venus have not played the event in the California desert since being booed in 2001. It followed Venus pulling out of their semi-final just minutes before they were due to play, citing injury, handing Serena a walkover into the final.

Tennis: Inspired by Mandela, Serena rethinks boycott

World number one Serena Williams Friday said she could end her 13-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after being inspired by Nelson Mandela. The American 32-year-old and her sister Venus have not played the event in the California desert since being booed in 2001. It followed Venus pulling out of their semi-final just minutes before they were due to play, citing injury, handing Serena a walkover into the final.

Tennis: Record-setting Williams, Li advance in Melbourne

Serena Williams smashed the 39-year-old record for Australian Open wins on Friday as she powered into the fourth round closely followed by China's Li Na on another scorching day in Melbourne. The American five-time champion, making light of one of the city's worst ever heatwaves which halted play on Thursday and has caused chaos in the surrounding area, dispatched Daniela Hantuchova to advance.
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