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VIDEO: Serena Williams destroys racket, loses quarter-final match

Sloane Stephens ended her fellow American’s quest for a third successive grand slam this morning in Melbourne.

SERENA WILLIAMS WAS dumped out of the Australian Open this morning… but not before she caused some damage.

Sloane Stephens ended her compatriot’s quest for a third successive grand slam in Melbourne.

The third seed’s chances of victory in the quarter-finals were hampered by a back injury in the second set which limited her serving and movement around the court. But despite battling on, she was unable to topple 19-year-old Stephens, who completed a nerveless 3-6 7-5 6-4 win in front of a stunned Rod Laver Arena crowd.

Asked about her injury after the match, Williams said: “It’s fine. Just nothing. Everyone at this stage in the locker room has something wrong with them, so it’s fine – there’s no excuse there.”

Stephens is the first American teenager to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam since Williams achieved the feat at the 2001 US Open.

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