Home » Sport » Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams Ends Mirjana Lučić-Baroni’s Fairytale Run

Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams Ends Mirjana Lučić-Baroni’s Fairytale Run

Mirjana Lučić-Baroni’s fairytale run ends (photo by: Luke Hemer/Tennis Australia)

World No. 2 Serena Williams has ended Mirjana Lučić-Baroni’s fairytale run at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Thursday afternoon.

The 34-year-old Croatian, who was playing in her first semi-final at a Grand Slam since 1999, was the sensation of the tournament, but the dream run ended briskly today against Williams.

Williams, who is aiming to win her 23rd Grand Slam title, won the match in straight sets 6-2 6-1.

Lučić-Baroni started the match strong, winning her opening service game and pushing Williams in her first, but a host of unforced errors meant the American was able take back-to-back breaks to claim the first set comfortably.

The Croatian had already caused two major upsets in the tournament, beating the World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska and World No. 5 Karolina Pliskova, but it was not to be today.

Lučić-Baroni had a fairytale run in Melbourne (AP)

A break in the third game of the second set, backed up by another in the fifth saw Williams take control, and she made no mistake in wrapping the match up in under an hour.

After a promising career on the junior circut, Lučić-Baroni made her Grand Slam debut as a 15-year-old at the US Open nearly 20 years ago. She won the Australian Open doubles title with Martina Hingis in 1998 and made the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 1999.

Share on:
0 / 5 (0 votes)

Sign up to receive the Croatia Week Newsletter

Related Posts

Rijeka Win Croatian Football League for First Time in History

HNK Rijeka, the club from the coastal city of Rijeka, has clinched the Croatian First Division (HNL) title on Sunday for the first time in the club’s history. With two rounds remaining, Rijeka needed a win at home today against lowly-placed Cibalia to win their first title, and they didn’t disappoint their fans. A double...

Future Stars of Croatia Locked into Deals Until 2022

Dinamo Zagreb have locked in six future stars of Croatian football. On Wednesday 22 February 2017 the club presented its six latest signings. Filip Benković (19), Ante Ćorić (19), Dominik Livaković (22), Davor Lovren (18), Nikola Moro (18), Borna Sosa (19) and Adrian Šemper (19) have signed new deals with Dinamo Zagreb until 2022, the...

[VIDEO] Season Over for Marko Pjaca After Serious Knee Injury

Croatia’s Marko Pjaca will miss the rest of the season after being stretchered off in last night’s 3-0 loss to Estonia in an international friendly in Tallinn. The Juventus attacker had a MRI scan on his injured knee on Wednesday at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital in Zagreb, and the results confirmed the bad news many...

Rijeka Learn UEFA Champions League Qualifying Opponents

For only the second time in the club’s history, Rijeka will have a chance this summer to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. On Monday in Nyon, the qualifying draw was made for the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League, with the Croatian club drawing the winner of the first round tie between New Saints FC from...

Three Croatians Complete Sahara Marathon for Humanitarian Cause

Three Croatians have returned from the African desert after taking part in the 17th Sahara Marathon. Damir Vujnovac and Damir Filipović from Varaždin, and Ivan Stanić from Istria took part in the race which was held between the Sahrawi refugee camp in western Algeria on 28 February. Filipović ran the half marathon (21 km) and...