Serena Williams can't call the semi-final

Serena Williams answers questions at a press conference following her quarter-final exit to Sloane Stephens on January 23, 2013
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Serena Williams predicts a close match between Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens in the Australian Open semi-final.

Serena Williams has predicted an "interesting" semi-final between Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka but can not call a winner.

Williams was knocked out by 19-year-old Stephens earlier today, and although anything is possible, the American knows that Azarenka will provide a tough test.

"Well, I think it's interesting," she said. "I think Sloane, she is in the semis now. That gives anyone a chance.

"I think Victoria is playing well. She's defending champion and a fan favourite. She handles the pressure really well, so we'll see."

Williams has struggled with injury throughout the tournament but refused to blame that for her defeat today.

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