Serena blows huge lead at Aussie Open

By Ricardo Chambers January 23, 2019
Serena Williams congratulates Karolina Pliskova at the net after losing at the Australia Open semi-final. Serena Williams congratulates Karolina Pliskova at the net after losing at the Australia Open semi-final.

Serena Williams was one point from the Australian Open semifinals when she lost her footing and the match slipped away.

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    The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) confirmed the news and said it sent its "deepest condolences" to Anisimova, with fellow players also expressing sadness over the death.

    Russian-born Konstantin Anisimov played a key role in coaching his 17-year-old daughter, who reached the French Open semi-finals in June.

    No details of his death have been given.

    Anisimova is ranked 24th by the WTA, climbing rapidly after beginning the year as the world number 95.

    Fellow American teenager Coco Gauff, who Anisimova beat in the girls' singles final at the 2017 US Open, wrote on Twitter: "Deepest condolences to the Anisimova family during this tragic time"

    Maria Sharapova was another to express her sorrow at the news.

    Anisimova has been out of action recently because of a back injury but was hoping to play the final grand slam of the year.

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