The moment in Serena Williams' shock loss that everyone can't stop talking about.

In a dramatic clash that tennis fans are already calling the match of the Australian Open, Serena Williams was defeated by Czech former world number one Karolina Pliskova today.

It was a match which ended in a spectacular third-set upset and saw Williams’ opponent battle from 5-1 to a 7-5 win, securing her position in the semi finals, and costing Williams hers. By all accounts – a nail-biter from start to finish, with both players demonstrating world-class, breathtaking tennis and painful dedication to the win.

But there’s one moment people can’t stop talking about.

A foot fault call on Serena by the umpire in the third set match point – which would have potentially been the serve that won her the game.

A technical call which came moments before she rolled her ankle, and which many believe ultimately led to her demise – a reality of any sportsperson rattled, if minor, by their own error.

Loyal fans of Williams challenged the foot fault on Twitter, suggesting she was the subject of unfair treatment by umpires:

This is a blowup of the #SerenaWilliams foot fault on match point. #AusOpen2019



While others agreed with the call:



Some media have taken the incident and her lack of reaction as a chance to re-hash her heated and headline-hitting exchange with an umpire during the 2018 US Open final against Naomi Osaka, and the 2009 US Open semi-final where a lineswoman claimed Williams had threatened to her.

In the post-match interview, however, Williams applauded Pliskova’s incredible third set comeback, expressing her respect of her opponent’s fight to the end. While disappointed – adding that, in truth, her goal is always winning – the devastating foot fault was barely mentioned.

But as Williams wiped away tears away on her way back to the locker room it was clear the loss had hit her.

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