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Serena, Pliskova record contrasting wins to setup US Open semi-final showdown

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World No.1 Serena Williams advanced to the semi-finals of the US Open, beating fifth seeded Romanian Simona Halep 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in an entertaining contest.

The number one seed, who is seeking her seventh US Open title, will face Czech Karolina Pliskova in the semifinal. Pliskova, seeded 10th, extended her unbeaten run to 10 matches, crushing Croatia's teenage sensation Ana Konjuh 6-2, 6-2.

Pliskova, who saved a match point in her fourth-round 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory on Monday over American No.6 seed Venus Williams, needed just 57 minutes against Konjuh to show that her time has come to join the elite of women's tennis.

The Czech, one of the best servers on the women's tour, used that weapon to full effect against Konjuh on Wednesday, winning 92 percent of her first-serve points and 77 percent of her second-serve points over the course of the match.

"I wasn't at my best level today for sure, but she was just too good. Her serve is just too good. Today on the court, you know, she found her rhythm and took the opportunities that I gave her," Konjuh said in a post-match press conference.

Serena Williams, who has now won 309 matches in Grand Slam tournaments, two more than Swiss legend Roger Ferderer, used her physical strength and powerful serves to secure her win on Wednesday.

"I am very happy to have reached the semi-finals. I look forward to it, I have nothing to lose," Williams said after the match.