Yes, your nose may be covered with icicles and a game of outdoor tennis may be quite far from your frozen brain, but down under, players are pounding the hard courts in the later rounds of the Australian Open under a hot sun. Lucky them, right?
In case you missed it, yesterday saw two of our faves — the already legendary Serena Williams and young up-and-comer Sloane Stephens — square off in a quarterfinal match (the first all-American at a major in five years). It was hard to pick a favorite seeing as Williams is the beloved, badass master of the women's draw and Stephens a fresh, sweet 19-year-old talent in a very weak field of American competitors. But — whaddya know — Stephens sweated out a three-set match to beat her childhood idol 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 and advance to her first semifinals in a major.
It's a blow for Williams, but a much, much bigger win for Stephens who is quickly winning our hearts. We mean, just look at that face!
As she told the Wall Street Journal, "[I'll] just take it one day at a time obviously, just play my best really. I know definitely everyone's watching back home and is very proud of me, so [I'll] just do my best and make them happy." You totally did, Sloane. You totally did. We'll be watching those semis and checking you at our Open in several months. (Wall Street Journal)
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