The Rod Laver Arena witnessed the biggest upset of the Australian Open 2014 Sunday, after top seed and tournament favorite Serena Williams made a startling exit from the fourth round of the Open, after being shown the door by determined Serbian Ana Ivanovic.
Going into the match as an underdog (as every opponent does against Serena), Ivanovic got off to a sturdy start, going neck-to-neck with the top-ranked American. But, the latter showed her class to pull off the opening set 6-4.
Having lost the first set marginally, Ivanovic exhibited flawless skills in the subsequent set, which helped her hang on and take the second set 6-3 in just 43 minutes. Now, the match being thrown into the decider, the former number one Serbian rode on her preceding set-triumph, to possess the biggest upset of the tournament so far, by conquering the decider 6-3 in half an hour.
"It's amazing," BBC quoted an ecstatic Ivanovic after her win. "Honestly, I went on the court and I just wanted to play the best I could. I'm so thrilled." The 14th seed now marches on to the quarterfinals, to cross swords with the winner of the match between Canadian Eugenie Bouchard and local hope Casey Dellacqua.