Inspired Ivanovic stuns Serena in Melbourne

Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:24am EST
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By Nick Mulvenney

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An inspired Ana Ivanovic blew the race for the Australian Open women's title wide open with a stunning upset of overwhelming favorite Serena Williams in the fourth round on Sunday.

The 14th ranked Serb played the match of her life to come from a set down and secure the biggest shock of the tournament so far with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory over the world number one.

Fourth seed Li Na and Italy's Flavia Pennetta, who both won fourth round matches earlier on Sunday, will have considerably more to play for in their quarter-final now the 17-times grand slam champion has been removed from their path.

Ivanovic, who will meet Casey Dellacqua or Eugenie Bouchard in her quarter-final, said she held nothing back against the top seeded American.

"It's amazing, when I came onto court I was just hoping to play as well as I could," she said. "I just went out there swinging at the ball and I did it really well."

Williams admitted to not feeling her best but offered no excuses.

That was until she realized coach Patrick Mouratoglou had told reporters about a back injury she sustained before her third round match.

"So he's the one that's snitching?" she said to laughter.   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S. walks on the court during her women's singles match against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 19, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed