Serena Williams defeats Karolina Pliskova, reaches US Open semis

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New York: Serena Williams has earned her place in the semi-finals of the US Open today by defeating Karolina Pliskova with a crushing  6-4, 6-3 set in the quarter-finals.

The world number 8 Karolina Pliskova led the first set against Williams by 3-1. It looked like Karolina was in control, but Williams dominated the game and eventually won the quarter-finals with 6-4, 6-3 set win.

Williams is now a potential contender for winning the US Open this year. Williams, who has now won her last 14 Grand Slam quarter-finals in a row, has won 92 matches at Wimbledon, 81 at the Australian Open and 63 at the French Open.

The 36-year old, American, is seeking her first Grand Slam trophy since giving birth to daughter Olympia last September. If she wins, it would be her 24th major title – equaling Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record.

The former world number one Williams said, “I don’t think I have another 10 years of having opportunities to be able to play and win championships.” She added, “Every match really means a lot to me. I kind of go out there and I just do the best that I can.”

Pliskova, the world No 8, was the last player to beat Williams here in the semi-finals two years ago.

In the semi-finals, Williams will take on Latvia’s world number 19, Anastasija Sevastova.

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