At age 31, Williams is still at the top of her game, coming off of last season's spectacular wins, at Wimbledon, Olympic and the US Open. Stephens outshines Williams, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, and will continue on to face No.1 seed, Victoria Azarenka, in the semifinals.
Reportedly, the 29th-seeded Stephens, has surpassed her own fourth round elimination record, in moving forward in the Grand Slam tournament. Stephens admits that Williams is a role model to her. The 19-year-old is said to have a poster of Serena Williams on her wall.
Jan. 23, New York Times reports, “This is so crazy, but oh my goodness,” Stephens said, wiping away tears in her post-match interview. “I think I’ll put a poster of myself now.” Stephens said she felt good about her chances before the match began.
“Last night I was thinking about it,” she said. “And someone asked me, ‘Do you think you can win?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I think so.’ But I wasn’t too clear about it, and this morning when I got up, I was like, ‘Dude, you can do this. Go out and play and do your best."