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Friday 9 December 2016

Shock as Serena Williams beaten in the semi finals of US Open by unseeded Roberta Vinci

Serena Williams of the U.S. gets up slowly from the court in the third set against Roberta Vinci of Italy during their women's singles semi-final match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 11, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Serena Williams of the U.S. gets up slowly from the court in the third set against Roberta Vinci of Italy during their women's singles semi-final match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 11, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Serena Williams suffered one of the greatest shocks in tennis history as unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci ended the American's hopes of a calendar grand slam with a stunning victory in the US Open semi-finals.

Vinci, ranked 43rd in the world, had never gone further than the quarter-finals of a major tournament before but the 32-year-old came from a set down to beat Williams 2-6 6-4 6-4.

It means Williams' run of 33 consecutive grand slam victories comes to an end while Vinci will now play fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta in Saturday's final.

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