Serena Williams Defeated at U.S. Open In Stunning Upset

In one of the biggest upsets in modern sports history, Serena Williams had her Grand Slam hopes dashed at the U.S. Open today, as unseeded Italian athlete Roberta Vinci won against the No. 1 seed in a semifinal shocker. She lost the first set 2-6, but rallied and defeated Williams 6-4 in the second, and 6-4 in the third.

When asked if she realized just how significant an upset this was, Vinci admitted she couldn’t think of any other upsets of this magnitude. “Just this one,” Vinci said. She would go on to admit that she didn’t think she had any shot against Williams, especially considering that Serena had defeated her in all of their four previous meetings. Hell, Vinci had even booked a flight back to Italy for early Saturday, assuming she would be defeated once again.

And, really, Vinci wasn’t exactly crazy for thinking she was a long shot, as Williams has torn through her competition this season, winning at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. A win here, on her home soil, would have put Williams within one match of becoming the first woman in 26 years to win all four major titles in a calendar year. In fact, she would have been only the fourth woman, and sixth person in history, to have accomplished this feat. Unfortunately for Williams, today was just Vinci’s day.

“I do not realize [what this means] yet,” Vinci would go on to say in her post-match interview. “It’s amazing. It’s a dream. I’m happy, but I’m sad for Serena.”

Serena Williams Defeated at U.S. Open In Stunning Upset

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Indeed, Williams was clearly devastated in her post-match press conference, telling reporters, “I don’t want to talk about how disappointing this is for me.”

That said, while Vinci did feel bad for her opponent, she ultimately shrugged her shoulders and declared, “Today is my day. Sorry guys!”

Vinci will now advance to the Grand Slam final against fellow Italian, Flavia Pennetta. Ultimately, an Italian will win the U.S. Open tomorrow, no matter the outcome.

Unfortunately, Williams’s loss has meant a titanic drop in ticket prices for the finals. Before Serena Williams was defeated today, tickets for the potentially historic final were running $1,411.98, with the cheapest tickets going for $271. But after Vinci’s victory and Williams’s defeat? Ticket prices plummeted to $876.23, with the cheapest tickets going for $70. As of press time, the average ticket price is $679.19, and the cheapest tickets can now be had for a mere $40. So while Williams was clearly best for business, the spirit of competition doesn’t always follow the money.

It’s hard not to feel awful for Williams though, who came so close to the Grand Slam title. Here’s hoping she can recover from this and give it another go next year.

For more on Serena Williams and the U.S. Open, check out our report on her victory over sister Venus, and how that might have played into today’s match.

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