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Serena Williams v Karolina Pliskova: US Open quarter-final

Serena Williams v Karolina Pliskova: US Open quarter-final

Serena Williams demonstrated her awesome powers of recovery to move into the semi-finals of the US Open on Wednesday with a straight sets win over Karolina Pliskova.

In the other games, defending champion Sloane Stephens of the U.S. was outclassed in her quarter-final clash by Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova 2-6, 3-6.

Serena Williams started slowly but in the end managed to beat Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the US Open in extremely humid conditions on Tuesday.

She handed her sister, Venus, the most lopsided loss of her season, survived a three-setter against a giant-killer who'd already unseated the No. 1 player in the world and overcame early-match jitters to beat a top-10 opponent for the first time since returning from maternity leave to secure a spot in the US Open semifinals for the 12th time in her career.

"I think you need some time to look at the journey - it was an incredible journey these three to four years", she said.

"I think today I just really couldn't get anything to connect".

Pliskova had never been past the third round at a Grand Slam when she shocked Serena Williams in the 2016 US Open semis.

The departures of Stephens and Pliskova left Keys and Williams - seeded 17th despite her world 26 ranking - as the highest seeds remaining in the women's draw. The 36-year-old American's most recent major title came at the 2017 Australian Open, while she was pregnant. Even when I did have my break opportunities, I just wasn't playing the points well at all.

Sevastova retired in 2013, returned to the game in the same year and since then has played some of her best tennis in NY. She missed a chance earlier this summer when she fell to Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final. He's into the semifinals for the second year in a row, where he lost to top-ranked Rafael Nadal last year. This time around, Williams grabbed the match by the scruff of the neck, coming back from a break down in the first set to level things up, winning eight games on the bounce to build up a 4-0 lead in the second set. You can't control the weather, can't control what the tournament is going to do.

"I saw she was struggling, but I don't play drop shots when I see the player struggling or bending over", said Sevastova.

Williams first won at the U.S. Open in 1999 and has won the tournament six times.

The policy will allow for a 10-minute break between the second and third sets of the women's singles semifinals if either player requests one. "Mentally, physically, I just wasn't connecting". A strong response from Williams as Pliskova continued to fight back made it 5-2 before putting the final touches on the win. I love it. I love this game'. Add that to her usual powerful baseline game and always superb serve, which reached 120 miles per hour (194 kph), and this really was no contest at all.


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