Serena Williams out of the Australian Open after quarter-finals

Serena Williams was in bad shape before she climbed and turned the fight against Czech Karolina Plísková into a nail bite. But Plísková eventually won 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Rank number 17 in the tournament, 37-year-old Williams apparently has come a long way in this year’s tournament, while Plísková is seeded as number seven.

But Williams thrives in the Australian Open, the tournament she has won seven times, last in 2017. It was expected that she would do well. Wednesday, however, Plísková opened the strongest, took the first set 6–4 and lay comfortably in the management in the middle of the second set. When it first appeared that Williams woke up, she scrambled to set victory 6–4.

In the third and decisive way, it looked as if the American was completely self-reliant, and on management 5–1 it did not seem to be a problem for her to move on to semifinals.

Plísková masterfully managed to stave off both matchball and Williams’s service windows. At positions 5-5 she had served and held it for victory and semi-final place.

– In the big picture it has always been about winning for me. I will not lie and lie about it. I’m going to take a fight at a time ahead and continue working on, said a disappointed Williams after the match, and continued:

– She played her best tennis ever when the fight was tilted.

Pliskova admitted after the victory that she had no faith in victory of 1-5.

– Then my mind was in the wardrobe. It was tough because she played very well and I played too passively. She looked a bit shaky, so I took my chance and won.

In the semifinals, she meets Japanese Naomi Osaka, who won smoothly in her quarterfinals against Jeina Svitolina from Ukraine earlier Wednesday, with the numbers 6-4, 6-1.

Svitolina hung with Osaka in the first four game of the game, and took her own serve games, but then there was a one-way ride from the Japanese. The whole fight was over in an hour.

Osaka is ranked number four in the tournament, while Svitolina was ranked number six.

It will be Osaka’s first semifinal in the Australian Open.

– She’s dangerous, but I don’t think anyone is more dangerous than Williams. We’ll see, says Pliskova about Osaka.

In the second semifinal, Czech Petra Kvitová meets the star shooting from the United States, Danielle Collins.

(© NTB)

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