No one saw it coming, Serena Williams defeated by 32-year-old Roberta Vinci of Italy. It is the biggest upset and surprise in tennis history, at least in the Open Era. Serena was bidding to win the calendar Grand Slam, something nobody managed to achieve in 27 years, being Steffi Graf of Germany the last one in 1988.
Not having lost a major match since Wimbledon 2014, the American had a 33-match winning streak in Slam tournaments. Roberta had never been in a Grand Slam semi-final before, let alone in a final. The odds before the tournament didn't even consider Vinci among the polls of possible winners at the US Open.
After all, considering how the World No.43 was right on Sharapova and Williams side of the draw it would have taken a sports miracle to see the Italian win the Open. That is just what happened on Friday on Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
It is the biggest upset of all time in women's history, a re-edition of David beating Goliath. Where does this upset rank in American sports' history? Following ESPN's suggestion we are going to try to rank Serena Williams losing to Vinci among the top 5 greatest upsets in American sports' history.
Here are the other 4 candidates: - 1980: Team USA upset Team USSR in Olympic Hockey - 1985: NCAA Basketball Championship Villanova beats Georgetown - 1990: Buster Douglas knocked out by Mike Tyson - 2008: Super Bowl XLII NY Giants beat 18-0 the New England Patriots Here is our ranking.