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Serena Williams - Sloane Stephens Live

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
United StatesS Stephens376--
United StatesS Williams654--

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  1. - - So, Stephens is through to face world number one and defending champion Victoria Azarenka in the semi-finals of the Australian Open

  2. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-7 4-6 - GAME, SET & MATCH! Only one match point is needed as Stephens gets a decent return back down the centre of the court and Serena hits a backhand into the net.


  4. - - Stephens gets the first point of the game with a great forehand and then also goes 15-30 ahead with a confident leave when Serena hits a forehand passing shot long down the centre of the court. And then Stephens suddenly has two match points when Serena hits into the net ...

  5. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-7 4-5 - Serena swings out at a slower second serve from Stephens and earns herself another break point when the 19-year-old's off-balance backhand drops long. Stephens saves it with a blistering forehand winner down the line and earns herself a game point only to be pegged back to deuce by a forehand winner down the line from Serena. But Stephens holds without the loss of another point and Serena will have to serve to stay in this match next...

  6. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-7 4-4 - BREAK! Serena sends a cross court forehand just wide to give Stephens a look at the break back. 15-30 against serve. A double fault from Serena then hands Stephens two break points. A kicker second serve from Serena just sits up too much for Stephens who sends her backhand reply long to squander the first break point. But she hits deep on the next point, eventually drawing a backhand into the net from Serena and things are back on serve

  7. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-7 4-3 - BREAK! The third chance goes begging when Serena puts a backhand into the net but she gets a fourth chance and this time she does break, looping the ball back and keeping Stephens pinned behind the baseline. Eventually it pays dividends for the world number three as Stephens hits a high forehand into the net. Serena, against all the odds, is potentially just two games away from the semi-finals now

  8. - - Superb rally from both players ends after 26 shots when Serena puts a forehand winner down the line after Stephens comes in behind the wrong ball and puts her low forehand volley across court to sit up for Serena. She goes on to earn herself two break points. The first is saved by Stephens, pushing Serena around and eventually drawing the error, as is the second when Serena hits into the net. Serena quickly earns herself a third chance...

  9. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-7 3-3 - Stephens takes the first point of the game with a dipping forehand at Serena's feet, the world number three volleying into the net, and then goes 15-30 up with a great cross court forehand right into the corner. A backhand wide down the line from Stephens allows Serena to level up at 30-30 but a couple of bigger serves help Serena hold from there. She's still alive in this match.

  10. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-7 2-3 - Stephens gets Serena moving during a 15-stroke rally, ending it with a neat forehand volley winner after pushing the world number three well wide of the court. And she goes on to hold with an ace to sneak out in front once again

  11. - - Serena looked a bit stronger in that game. Not as strong as she did before picking up the back injury but she put away a couple of high forehand volleys, and a smash. Maybe the painkillers are kicking in - it would be about the right time assuming she took some during the medical timeout towards the end of the second set

  12. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-7 2-2 - Serena is clearly in pain after a backhand into the net and she goes on to hand Stephens a break point with another ground-stroke into the net. Serena saves it with an ace before earning herself a game point with a great forehand out wide followed by a forehand down the centre of the court that Stephens cannot return. She hits into the net to waste the chance but does hold at the second attempt when Stephens hits into the net

  13. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-7 1-2 - There is literally nothing Serena can do when Stephens sends the ball to her opponent's forehand wing - the backhand is working much better - and she smashes her racquet on the ground and then also flings it at the chair in frustration (and to make sure it is totally trashed) after another hold from the 19-year-old

  14. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-7 1-1 - Stephens continues to struggle to get the ball away from Serena and instead goes for too much on a couple of forehand, hitting both into the net, and Serena holds to level up this third set

  15. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-7 0-1 - Serena hits out and lands consecutive forehand winners off the serve to push Stephens under a bit of pressure at 30-30. But a couple of smarter points from the 19-year-old, playing the ball into Serena's body, and she has her hold without the loss of another point. This is a big service game coming up for Serena now

  16. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-7 - SET! Stephens puts up a lob that Serena makes no attempt to smash but the ball drops long, completely letting her off the hook. Still, Stephens levels up at deuce when Serena sends a forehand long and then is handed a set point when a backhand sails long down the line from Serena. Stephens finally does the smart thing and just gets the ball back in play, Serena eventually being forced into a nasty move for the back and hitting long as a result. Stephens has the second set!

  17. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-6 - Yet another error from the Stephens racquet, a backhand wide down the line, hands Serena another break point. The 19-year-old is failing spectacularly to deal with this Williams injury - all she would have to do is get the ball in play. Better from Stephens as she saves the point with an wrong-footing, inside-out forehand winner across court. And she goes on to hold after consecutive errors from Williams. Serena will have to serve to stay in this set for a second time.

  18. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 5-5 - Oh wow! A shockingly poor game from Stephens, with four consecutive errors, allows Serena to hold without having to do anything. There was nothing on her serve in that game but Stephens could barely get the ball in play. That was junior level stuff there from the 19-year-old.

  19. - - Serena is back and will continue the match, for now at least. She will have to serve to stay in this set though so this will be a real test of the back injury...

  20. - - The physio has assessed Serena, and it's definitely the back that is the problem, before they go off for a full medical timeout. During the assessment, the physio got Serena to twist to either side and the world number three was barely able to complete the movement, instead shaking her head

  21. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 4-5 - BREAK! Stephens again sends a forehand long to concede the serve. The occasion definitely got the better of Stephens there but Serena has called for the trainer and is almost in tears as she walks back to the chair. If she continues this match she will have to serve to stay in the set after the change of ends

  22. - - Serena crunches a couple of forehand winners, one on a return of serve, as she hits out trying to move as little as possible. She does chase down a forehand across court but she has no interest and returning to the centre as Stephens brings up a first set point with an easy volley winner. Stephens massively tightens up though, sending a forehand long to squander the set point before slapping down a double to gift Serena a break back point...

  23. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 3-5 - BREAK! This is interesting. Serena pulls up short after a trip into the net and immediately looks in pain. She really struggles on her next serve and it hands Stephens two more break points. Serena is grimacing and limping badly as Stephens fires over a forehand return of serve that the world number three cannot get back. Stephens will serve for the second set and Serena is doubled over in pain at the back of the court. It's all happening now

  24. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 3-4 - Stephens continues to out-hit Williams from the baseline and eases through another service hold to sneak in front once again

  25. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 3-3 - Serena is having all sorts of problems with the Stephens ground-strokes now as the 19-year-old earns herself another break point. Serena saves it with an ace and goes earn herself a game point with another unreturnable. Stephens pegs her back with a great backhand that Serena can only volley wide but Serena does go on to hold with another couple of unreturnable serves

  26. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 2-3 - Hey now, this is much better! Stephens uses her forehand to it's full effect, racing up to the net and whipping it across court to bring up a couple of game points before going on to hold and sneak in front for the first time in this second set

  27. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 2-2 - BREAK! A little bit of excitement for the crowd as Stephens earns herself a first break point in the match. And she gets it! Again Stephens goes toe-to-toe with Williams from the baseline and she comes out on top when Serena hits a forehand long

  28. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 2-1 - Much better from Stephens as she stops the rot with a service hold to love, sealing the game when Serena sends a forehand sailing long of the baseline. Still a very subdued atmosphere for this match with the crowd not really having anything much to get hold of, including a distinct lack of noise from either player

  29. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 2-0 - Serena is on a roll now and Stephens looks completely powerless to stop her. The young American is only showing glimpses of her best play today which is a shame and Serena holds with by racing into the net and putting a forehand winner down the line

  30. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 1-0 - BREAK! Ouch! Stephens opens the second set with a double fault before recovering her nerve and levelling up. But she quickly finds herself facing another break point. And sure enough she does concede serve for the second time, putting a backhand just marginally wide across court after a lengthy rally. That's a shame because Stephens went toe-to-toe with Serena in that rally and look anything but out of place

  31. - - A really bizarre first set there from Serena - she seems lethargic and is certainly subdued. She hit just three winners and 10 unforced errors (compared to five and nine from Stephens). But, still, she has the first set in 28 minutes and has one foot now in the semi-finals

  32. - - WILLIAMS 6-3 - SET! Stephens gets Serena running on consecutive points and wins them when the world number three hits into the net. That sees Stephens level up at 30-30 but a forehand return long from the 19-year-old hands Serena a first set point. Only one is needed though as Stephens again hits long - Serena having almost imperceptibly increased the pace

  33. - - WILLIAMS 5-3 - BREAK! Stephens hits an off-balance forehand into the net to finally hand Serena a point against serve. It's quickly followed by a forehand approach shot winner from Serena as she suddenly looks threatening. A double fault from Stephens hands Serena three break points. The first is saved by a trip into the net and a very good forehand volley winner from Stephens and Serena hits a forehand wide to squander the second but she does break on the third when Stephens hits into the net

  34. - - WILLIAMS 4-3 - Stephens sends a backhand down the line into the net as Serena coasts toward another comfortable service hold. Still nothing to get a hold of in this match for the crowd

  35. - - WILLIAMS 3-3 - Serena sends a cross court backhand wide into the tramlines to end the first rally behind the Stephens serve and the young American goes on to hold to love yet again. This is a very impressive start from Stephens

  36. - - WILLIAMS 3-2 - Serena pounds down her quickest serve so far - 187kph - to seal another hold to 15. And this match has started in an odd atmosphere, Serena, and as a result the crowd, barely letting out a noise so far.

  37. - - WILLIAMS 2-2 - Another love service hold for Stephens as Serena goes for a big return on two consecutive returns and sending them both well long

  38. - - WILLIAMS 2-1 - A nice little change up from Stephens with the sliced backhand drop shot but it is not quite good enough and Serena easily gets up to it, Stephens rushing the resulting lob attempt and sending the ball long instead. And Williams goes on to hold for another quick and easy service hold

  39. - - WILLIAMS 1-1 - Very impressive from Stephens, who clearly is not overawed by the biggest match of her career so far. The young American opens her first service game with an ace down the centre of the T before going on to hold to love with an angled forehand winner across court

  40. - - WILLIAMS 1-0 - The only blip in an otherwise very solid service hold from Serena is a double fault. But it can when she was leading 40-0 so it did not cost her at all and she quickly recovers to wrap up the hold with another huge serve that Stephens cannot return

  41. - - Serena won the toss and elected to serve first. The players are now ready so here we go...

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  44. - - More than likely Serena is going to be one step too far for the 19-year-old, but she has all the talent and form to make this tough for the world number three today.

  45. - - This really is the new guard taking on the old as Stephens is one of a bunch of very promising young American's who look set to breakthrough this year. Ranked 29th coming in to the tournament, Stephens is already guaranteed to move up into the top 20 when the new rankings come out next week thanks to her great run in Melbourne so far.

  46. - - These two have only met the once before, in Brisbane just a couple of weeks ago, and it was Serena who triumphed (before going on to win the title) 6-4 6-3.

  47. - - Hello and welcome to this women's quarter-final between world number three, and five-times former champion, Serena Williams and American 29th seed Sloane Stephens.

Serena Williams

Nationality USA
Date of Birth 26/09/1981
Height 1.75 m
Weight 70 kg

Sloane Stephens

Nationality USA
Date of Birth 20/03/1993
Height 1.7 m
Weight 61 kg

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