MELBOURNE (Sporting Alert) – American and top-seeded Serena Williams was upset by Serbian No. 14 seed Ana Ivanovic in the fourth-round at the Australian Open on Sunday.
Here are the results from the Australian Open Women’s Singles Round 4 matches on Day seven at Melbourne Park.
Williams, who complained of a back problem was beaten 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 by Ivanovic, who ended the American’s quest to win her sixth Australian Open and 18th Grand Slam crown.
“It wasn’t the best,” Williams said of the back problem.
“Again, I don’t want to blame anything. I feel like Ana deserves all the credit.
“I feel she played unbelievable today. I think she went for her shots. It’s not like I gave her the match.”
Ivanovic was also winning against Williams for the first time in five attempts.
“It’s not easy playing such a champion … but she is also just a human,” said Ivanovic. “I just went out there swinging.”
There was no problem for the fourth–seeded Li Na of China who beat No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) 6-2, 6-0 in her fourth round game.
Australian Open Women’s Singles Round 4 Results
No. 14 Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat No. 1 Serena Williams (U.S.) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 Li Na (China) beat No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) 6-2, 6-0
No. 28-Flavia Pennetta (Italy) beat No. 9 Angelique Kerber (Germany) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
No. 30 Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) beat Casey Dellacqua (Australia) 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-0