With the temperatures finally cooling down at the Australian Open, the play on the court heated up.
After a mostly scratch tournament thus far outside of a top-five upset on the men's side with Juan Martin del Potro serving as the lone major casualty, one of the most astonishing upsets of the Grand Slam came on Day 7 when Serena Williams was ousted by Ana Ivanovic.
With just three matches taking place on the men's side of the bracket, all three of the top-10 seeds playing rolled onto the quarterfinals with both Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych winning in straight sets.
Here is a full listing of men's and women's singles results from Day 7 in Melbourne along with a look at the biggest storylines emerging from first day in the round of 16.
|Tomas Berdych (7) def. Kevin Anderson (19)||6-2, 6-2, 6-3|
|David Ferrer (3) def. Florian Mayer||6(5)-7(7), 7-5, 6-2, 6-1|
|Novak Djokovic (2) def. Fabio Fognini (15)||6-3, 6-0, 6-2|
|Ana Ivanovic (14) def. Serena Williams (1)||4-6, 6-3, 6-3|
|Eugenie Bouchard (30) def. Casey Dellacqua||6(5)-7(7), 6-2, 6-0|
|Li Na (4) def. Ekaterina Makarova (22)||6-2, 6-0|
|Flavia Pennetta (28) def. Angelique Kerber (9)||6-1, 4-6, 7-5|
Ivanovic Inexplicably Topples Williams
Coming into this year's Australian Open, Williams was not only the world No. 1 in women's tennis, but was also viewed as the best threat to end Victoria Azarenka's chances at winning a third-straight Grand Slam in Melbourne.
Unfortunately, that plan didn't come to fruition. Williams was ousted in the round of 16 by Ivanovic and, as USA Today notes on their Twitter account, it wasn't do to conditions, injury or any other outside reasons:
What happened to Serena Williams? Plain and simple, she got beat: http://t.co/jEXXlhSA3N— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) January 19, 2014
While it appears Williams was hampered by a back injury throughout the match that she sustained while practicing prior to the round of 16, according to Ian Ransom of Reuters, but did not use that as an excuse for the loss:
I guess the secret is out, but I obviously wasn't hitting the way I normally would hit and wasn't moving the way I normally would move and making a lot of errors that I normally would not make and I haven't made in a couple of years.
But it's okay. I feel like I know for a fact I can play so much better than what I did today, so with that, knowing that, I'm not disappointed or anything.
I just know that I can play 10 times better than what I did today. [...] I have just been on some—the strongest meds I can take, that are legal, which my body didn't handle it well because I haven't been taking anything. So I was like really kind of out of it for a few days.
Can Ivanovic make the final?
Coming in, Williams looked unstoppable. The American had won 25 straight matches and became the winningest player in Aussie Open history with her win in the third round. Adding to the upset was the fact that Williams won the first set—she came in at 51-1 when taking the first set.
But saying that Williams lost to an inferior opponent would be the easy way out, but Ivanovic is hardly the typical definition of a true underdog. The No. 14 player in the world, Ivanovic was the world No. 1 back in 2008 after reaching the finals of Aussie Open winning the French Open.
An emotional Ivanovic spoke after the match about her hard work and what the win meant to her, according to the Australian Open official Twitter account:
Following the upset, the Serbian now moves on to the quarterfinals to take on Eugenie Bouchard. The Canadian actually ranks behind Ivanovic at No. 30 in the world. If Ivanovic can continue on, she would take on either Li Na or Flavia Pennetta, who pulled off an upset of her own.
More Upsets in the Women's Bracket
While Williams was clearly the biggest shocker on Day 7, the aforementioned Pennetta sent some shockwaves throughout Melbourne as well.
The Italian ranks 28th in the world and took down Angelique Kerber, the No. 9 women's player. After suffering a wrist injury that required her to sit out for six months last year, Pennetta has been playing well and made it through to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time in her 11 tries, as Tennis.com points out:
After the first set win, Pennetta allowed Kerber to rally with a tight 6-4 win in the second. But in the third and final set, the Italian pulled out a close win of her own with a 7-5 victory. With the win, Pennetta could see her ranking rise to the top 20, as freelance tennis writer Chris Goldsmith notes:
31 year old Flavia Pennetta defeats Angelique Kerber 6-1 4-6 7-5 to make the Aussie Open quarter-finals and provisionally back WTA top 20— Chris Goldsmith (@TheTennisTalker) January 19, 2014
Following the upset, Pennetta has a chance at another win over a top-10 player when she takes on Na. If she can pull off yet another miraculous win, Pennetta would face either Bouchard or Ivanovic.
Men's Top Seeds Continue to Roll
After two notable upsets in the women's bracket, the men's singles competitors would not follow suit.
Djokovic (No. 2) continued his reign of dominance over the Aussie Open by bouncing Fabio Fognini in straight sets. After watching fellow Serbian Ivanovic upset Williams immediately before his match began, the Djoker was sure to make short work of Fognini and only lost five games to win his 28th consecutive match.
Djokovic tweeted about the win after the match and commented on the big day for his country after Ivanovic had already advanced:
Will Djokovic win his fourth straight Aussie Open?
With the win, Djokovic advances to take on No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka, who pulled out a win in straight sets against Tommy Robredo, but in a much closer fashion than Djokovic's dominant win.
David Ferrer also advanced, but needed to rally after losing his first set to Florian Mayer. The Spaniard dropped the first set after several close games 7(7)-6(5), but rolled in the next three sets with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 final over the final three.
Ferrer, who comes in as the No. 3 player in the world behind only Rafael Nadal and Djokovic, advanced to the quarterfinals and has a shot at advancing to the third Aussie Open semifinals of his career.