New Delhi:Sloane Stephens won millions of fans within hours after she caused a major upset of the tournament by beating Serena Williams.
The 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens advanced to the Semis after beating her compatriot Serena Williams.
Williams lost to the Stephens 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 after suffering an apparent lower back injury. Williams appeared to have hurt her back while attempting to pull up short of the net during the eighth game of the second set.
The splendid performance by Stephens immediately caught the attention on micro-blogging website, Twitter. The number of followers of her Twitter account- (@sloanetweets) increased from a modest 18,000 to over 37,000 within an hour.
People from all across the world congratulated the young tennis star from US. We look at some of the interesting tweets.
@sloanetweets Wow. Congrats on your win!!
What more she is just Sloane Stephens is just 19 year old..sensational now meets defending champion Victoria Azarenka at the semis.
This Sloane Stephens girl sha! Another Serena in d making!
@sloanetweets congrats on beating your idol!!!!!!! Time to go all the way ;)
@sloanetweets great win. Lets go win it all. I'm pulling for u
(PHOTO: Sloane Stephens of the U.S. hits a return to compatriot Serena Williams during their women's singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Reuters)