Ana Ivanovic of Serbia waves to the crowd as she celebrates her win over Serena Williams of the U.S. in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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A resurgent Ana Ivanovic shook off her girl-next-door image and revealed a delicious mean streak on Sunday as she dumped an injury-hampered Serena Williams from the Australian Open fourth round in one of her finest victories in years.Restricted by a back injury and numbed with painkillers, world number one Williams struggled with her movement and was well off her best, but was given no quarter by Ivanovic, who attacked the American's serve with arrogance and closed out the match with barely a hint of nerves.The greatest player of her generation, Williams has long traded on her aura and a CV boasting 17 grand slam titles, and 14th seed Ivanovic faced a battle to forget her opponent's fearsome reputation and her winless record against her.Ivanovic shrugged off the setback and stayed true to her gameplan, breaking Williams again at 2-2 in the second.Ivanovic marched on, breaking Williams's serve to surge to a 3-0 lead in the third and completed the stunning upset by serving out the match to love.
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