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In one of the best matches of the tournament so far, sixth-seed and crowd favourite Venus Williams lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the fourth round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows, New York on Monday.

"I was prepared that I'm going to play Venus. It's going to be tough, because all the people are cheering for her," Xinhua news agency quoted Pliskova as saying.

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Australian Open Champion Angelique Kerber denied tennis fans the prospect of another All-Williams Wimbledon Final, battling past 5-time champion Venus Williams in the second of today's women's semi-finals after top seed and defending champion Serena Williams had steamrolled Elena Vesnina in the first semi-final.

Starting proceedings on Centre Court, Serena Williams was in terrific form, racing away to a 4-0 lead in the opening set against a third Russian opponent in as many matches in doubles specialist Elena Vesnina.

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French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza crashed out of Wimbledon in the second round, going down in two rather unadventurous sets 6-3, 6-2 to 23 year old qualifier Jana Cepelova of Slovakia.

Muguruza's defeat while an upset is certainly not as much of a surprise as one might generally believe considering that she narrowly won her opening round match, and traditionally the women's tour has not been kind to first time winners of Grand Slams, with 9 in a row now having not made the quarter-finals in the next Grand Slam after winning their first ever major.

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Top seed Venus Williams' trip to Auckland this year to defend her ASB Classic title has been cut short this summer with the veteran American crashing out in the first round to a Russian teenager.

Venus, champion here 12 months ago, contributed to her own demise by making a massive 73 unforced errors over the course of the contest, going down 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 to 18 year old Daria Kasatkina. Kasatkina is ranked 75th in the world and was awarded a wildcard into the tournament.

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The legend that is the Williams sisters in women's tennis continues to grow as 35 year old Venus wrote another chapter in his storied history by winning the Wuhan Open to claim the 47th singles title of her illustrious career.

Venus, a 7-time Grand Slam champion, has had a mixed year, struggling to make a real impact in the Grand Slams, but there were indications she was back to her best at the US Open near the close of the year as she powered through the early rounds before losing to younger sister Serena in a close contest.

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It was the match everyone has been waiting for all week, and for once it didn't even remotely disappoint. Serena Williams, seemingly getting better with age, in sight of a record equaling 22nd Grand Slam title and a Calendar Grand Slam, squared off against the most familiar opponent of her storied career, big sister Venus, with the duo having battled on tennis courts since they were 5 years old.

Now, nearly 30 years later, Venus, appeared to be having a renaissance of her own, playing the best tennis she has over the last half a decade. As the luck of the draw would have it though, she stood in the way of her little sister and tennis immortality.

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Serena Williams moved yet another step closer towards tennis immortality as she crushed the challenge of fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-3 in a little over an hour to move within three matches of a record equaling 22nd Grand Slam title and a Calendar Grand Slam.

A break in the 8th game of the first set put Serena comfortably in the driver's seat for taking the first set, and though Keys battled bravely to save four break points early in the second set, Serena broke serve in the 7th game and then again in the 9th to wrap up the second set and book her place in the quarter-finals.

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