MELBOURNE — Former world number one Ana Ivanovic reversed a career-long loss streak against Serena Williams to send the top seed out in the fourth round of the Australian Open 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.
Five-time champion Williams, who had beaten the Serb in all four of their previous matches without dropping a set, was well off the boil in her movements.
The American hinted at carrying a back injury.
“I made a tremendous amount of errors. I missed shots I’ve not missed since the 1980s. I made a lot of unforced errors.
“I’m disappointed to lose today but it’s almost good that I lost and I now know what to work on when I get on the practice court. I tried to do the best I could. Maybe I wasn’t the best physically, but she did what it takes to win.”
Ivanovic lost the opening set for her ninth on the trot against Williams before turning on the afterburners to pave the way for the win in a shade under two hours.
The 2008 French Open winner Ivanovic could not have been more pleased.
“It’s amazing, honestly, I just went out to play as best I could. I played really well, I’m so thrilled,” said the winner who broke on four of 14 chances.
“I played very consistently, it’s not easy to play such a champion, But she’s just a human and has the same pressures as anyone else. I went out swinging at the ball and did that really well.”