The Worlds Favourite Playground

Tuesday, Aug 11th

Last update:05:57:36 PM GMT

You are here: Tennis US Open Pliskova beats Serena Williams to advance to maiden Grand Slam final

Pliskova beats Serena Williams to advance to maiden Grand Slam final

User Rating: / 0

Karolina Pliskova and new world no.1 Angelique Kerber will battle it out for the US Open title on Saturday after both women registered straight set wins in their respective semi-final encounters today.

10th seeded Czech tennis player Karolina Pliskova stunned 6-time US Open champion and top-seeded Serena Williams 6-2, 7-6, thus ending Williams' 186-week reign as world No 1 (stretching back to February 18, 2013) is now over.

Williams double faulted on match point at 5-6 in the second-set tie-break to give Pliskova the match. Serena fell behind 3-0 in the breaker but rallied back to three-all with two holds and a double fault by Pliskova. The match came to an end as the American lost with a double fault to fall in the semis of the US Open for the second straight year.

A disappointed Serena said after the match, "I'm not going to sit here and make an excuse", Williams told reporters after the match on Thursday.

Serena said she had "serious left knee problems", which she thought occurred during a second or third round match. "I wasn't able to move the way I wanted to move, and my mind was just a little bit everywhere," said Williams, who has been competing in tennis for 20 years.

She also denied that the quarter-final match the day before, when she won against Simona Halep, left her tired for Thursday's match.

"I wasn't tired from yesterday's match," she insisted and stressed that "If I can't turn around after 24 hours and play again then I shouldn't be on tour."

She simply attributed her defeat to the great play of her tenth-ranked rival, Karolina Pliskova, highlighting the good serves by the Czech player.

As a result of the loss, Serena will have to relinquish her number one ranking with German Angelique Kerber set to replace her.

Kerber beat former world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 in the second semi-final.