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Serena Williams Smashes Tennis Racket After Losing to Sloane Stephens in Australian Open Semi-Finals

Serena Williams smashes tennis racket Australian Open

Serena Williams Smashes Tennis Racket After Losing to Sloane Stephens in Australian Open Semi-Finals (Photo: Matthew Mallett/Getty Images)

Serena Williams pulled a John McEnroe at the Australian Open after falling to fellow American Sloane Stephens in the semi-finals. Serena Williams smashed her tennis racket, which led to a $1500 fine from tournament officials. Sloane Stephens, 19, beat the 15-time Grand Slam singles title holder in three sets.

Serena Williams, who was heard muttering this “was the worst two weeks,” sustained a back injury towards the end of the second set, that contributed to her less than stellar performance. Serena Williams was visibly frustrated after the final set and broke her tennis racket by smashing it on the court. Very unsportsmanlike.

In what is the biggest win of her career, Sloane Stephens told ESPN, “it’s pretty cool. To be in the semis of a Grand Slam is definitely I say a good accomplishment. A lot of hard work.”

Serena Williams said, “I’m almost relieved that it’s over because there’s only so much I felt I could do.  It’s been a little difficult.  I’ve been thrown a lot of (curve) balls these two weeks.”