Australian Open: Serena Williams Explains Choking On Match Level

Australian Open: Serena Williams and Milos Raonic crash out, Novak Djokovic advances

She lauded Pliskova's brilliant efforts as the 7th seed defeated Serena in 4-6, 6-4, 5-7 and then went forward to set up a date with US Open 2018 champion, Naomi Osaka in a semi-final clash.

During the quarterfinal match, the Czech Republic star made an incredible comeback and ended up knocking the 23-time grand slam champion out of the Australian Open.

When Williams struck a forehand into the net on her foe's third match point, a jubilant and probably disbelieving Pliskova officially advanced.

And so it was that a startling reversal and result would follow Wednesday at Melbourne Park, with Williams dropping the last six games of a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 loss to Pliskova, seeded No. 7.

On Thursday, she'll play in the first match in the evening session against world no 8 Karolina Pliskova. "She has played the best Tennis of your life". I stayed aggressive. She just literally hit the lines on some of them.

The press and media outlets were certain to have been warming up their fingers to write up some juicy pieces about the upcoming grudge match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka in the semifinals of the Australian Open when the American was serving for the match at 5-1 up against Karolina Pliskova, but it was not to be.

"I've had plenty of matches so far this year and I am in another semi-final and I will do everything to get ready for that one".

Former world number one Williams was considered the favourite to win the women's singles, and a first major title since giving birth to her daughter in September 2017, despite not playing competitively since losing to Osaka in NY.

The first chapter of this match evoked admiration for the way Pliskova was playing. "That was the victory for me today".

In the other semi-final match, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will start the slight favourite.

Troubled by the injury and surely put off by the foot fault, the 23-time major victor didn't win another point on her serve.

Serena had her stiffest test of the tournament on MLK Day, defeating world No. 1 Simona Halep in a thrilling three-set match.

Mattek-Sands said she backed off and gave Serena some space. I had some chances, of course I had.

"It was unfortunate for Serena and I think she was actually thinking of her foot".

"It's kind of hard to say because there's nothing I did wrong on those match points".

Despite the Ukrainian suffering, it was nevertheless a serious statement from the steely-eyed Osaka, who was playing the sort of tennis which drove her to the US Open title. Her mistakes were mounting and deficit was growing. The loss ends an impressive run for the 28-year-old Canadian. 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. There was no suggestion that she would give up her pursuit of top honours, even though any informed observer knows that her 23 Grand Slam singles titles are already worth way more than the 24 won by Margaret Court, who played in a far less worldwide era. "After that I couldn't really bend my knees and couldn't jump up, so I made a decision to stop". "Like, I am happy that I'm here, but at the same time, I want to keep going", said Osaka, who never had been past the fourth round at the Australian Open. Anything can happen. Even if I would lose here earlier, yesterday or whatever, it's still a good start for me. "There are more matches to win".



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