9 September 2016
Serena Williams’s hope of winning a 23rd Grand Slam title was dashed on Friday morning as she lost the first semifinal match at the ongoing U.S. Open to Karolina Pliskova.
Serena started the clash brightly with an ace, but things soon went awry for her and she lost the first set scandalously by 2 – 6.
Serena, needing a win to advance to the final of U.S. Open final and to keep her No. 1 ranking, played an error-strewn and frustrating semifinal against No. 10 seed Karolina Pliskova, going down 6 – 2, 7 – 6(5).
This is like deja vu for Serena who crashed out at the same stage last year, at a time when she was looking to complete the calendar Grand Slam — all four majors in one season — for the first time in tennis since 1988.
Serena clearly looked tired and the much younger Pliskova took full advantage as she went all aggressive on her. Her first serve winners outworked Serena and her movement and timing was much better.
With the unprecedented victory, the 24-year-old Czech is through to her first Grand Slam final.
She had previously never made it past the third round of a major despite being inside the top 20 for nearly two years.
With Serena’s loss, Angelique Kerber is now the WTA world No.1.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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