Photo: Paul ZimmerAna Ivanovic (SRB)
Serena Williams crashed out of the Australian Open on Sunday following a determined display from Ana Ivanovic. The Serb fought back from a set down to oust the world No. 1 46 63 63. It was Ivanovic’s first victory over the American in 5 attempts.
"It's amazing," said the No. 14 seed. "Honestly, I went on the court and I just wanted to play the best I could. I'm so thrilled."
Williams revealed after the match that she had been struggling with a back injury incurred earlier in the competition.
"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," said Williams. "It's not anything that's life threatening or anything. I feel like it will get better. I just need a couple days off. Unfortunately I don't have that in a Grand Slam."
Ivanovic will now face Eugenie Bouchard, who defeated home hope Casey Dellacqua in Sunday’s night match, in the quarterfinals.
Flavia Pennetta also progressed to the last eight, following a 61 46 75 victory over No. 9 seed Angelique Kerber, where she will face Li Na who dropped just two games to Ekaterina Makarova.
On the men’s side there were routine victories for Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych, who sent Fabio Fognini and Kevin Anderson packing. No. 3 seed David Ferrer reached the quarterfinals for the ninth straight grand Slam despite dropping a set to Germany’s Florian Mayer, and Stanislas Wawrinka had little trouble despatching of Tommy Robredo 63 76 76.