Serena Williams in the Australian Open, the seemingly secure victory from the hands. The 23-time Grand Slam winner from the United States, awarded the 4:6, 6:4, 5:7 against the Czech Karolina Pliskova four match balls, at your first than 5:1, she was snapped with the left foot and played a beat then.

The injury occurred when Williams, the direction is changed. After that, she seemed no longer as usual to move. When the score was 5:4, you still had three more chances to win, but could not use that as well. Pliskova was a little later, 6:5 in the front, with a private Service, she finished in third match point after 2:10 hours of memorable game.

a handle to the foot: Serena Williams

In the semi-final meets Pliskova in US Open champion Naomi Osaka, who won against Jelena Switolina 6:4, 6:1. Williams must continue to be on your 24. Grand-Slam-title wait, you would set the record for the Australian Margaret Court.

The ankle injury didn’t mean to make Williams responsible for her defeat. “She has played at the match balls, incredible, and the lines taken,” said Williams about Pliskova: “I think it had something to do with my ankle.” However, Williams lost in the injury of ten points in a row on serve and each game.

“Actually, I was almost in the locker room, and now I’m standing here as a winner,” said 26-year-old Pliskova after her win, she hardly expected. “I was too passive, she was a bit shaky at the end, I used my opportunities. So something that happens maybe once in a lifetime.”

Karolina Pliskova

Williams had been at the Australian Open in her Comeback, after she had skipped the tournament last year after the birth of her daughter Olympia. Two years ago, she had already in the eighth week of pregnant, your 23. and so far last Grand Slam won the title in Melbourne. Despite the defeat against Pliskova Williams is sure that you will set the Court record at some point. “Sooner or later it will happen,” she said.

In the other semi-final, the Czech player Petra Kvitova, and surprisingly, the US-American Danielle Collins. Osaka, Kvitova and Pliskova have the Chance to after the tournament, the new number one in the world ranking list, since the Romanian Simona Halep will lose the top position according to their eighth-final against Serena Williams.

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