The Serena Williams pursuit of a tennis Grand Slam ended here Friday in the semifinals, and at the hands of a 300-1 longshot, doubles specialist, slice-and-dice, wisp of an Italian woman named Roberta Vinci.
She was unseeded and unappreciated coming into the match and brought with her no expectations of anything other than a 6-2, 6-2 match.
Instead, her victory was a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 stunner that will quickly bring mention as one of the biggest sports upsets of all time. Any place, any decade, any century.
Vinci was ranked 43rd coming in. Williams had won the last four majors, had only been beaten twice in 55 matches this year, and had been No. 1 for as long as anybody...