Friday, 9 September 2016

SERENA WILLIAMS Crash Out Of US Open AND LOST HER World Number ONE Ranking

Serena Williams will have to wait for a record-breaking 23rd grand slam title after the American endured a shock US Open defeat to Karolina Pliskova.

Williams stood two victories away from beating Steffi Graf's Open-era best 22 major triumphs but her charge was ended in stunning fashion by Pliskova, who won 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).

The disappointment is doubled for williams as it means she will also surrender the world number one ranking at the end of the tournament to Germany's Angelique Kerber.

Pliskova will now face either Kerber or Caroline Wozniacki in her first grand slam final on Saturday.

The world number 11, Pliskova, has never gone past the third round of a major tournament but she simply outplayed williams at her own game, with power, aggression and a blistering serve.

After the sensational victory, Pliskova said: "I don't believe it, Actually I do believe it. I always knew I had a chance to beat anyone if I play my game.
"It is amazing to be in the US open final and to beat Serena because she is a champion.
"Even down a set and a break, she is still fighting but I'm just really happy I stayed there and got the win."

It is the second year running Serena has lost here in the semis and the 34-year-old, who turns 35 later this month, was hobbling in the second set.

After the match, Serena revealed she had been nursing a two problem with her left knee in New York since round two.
"Yeah, I have been having some serious left knee problems, I wasn't able to move the way I wanted to move. When you'reinjured you're thinking of other things when you should be just playing and thinking of your shots.
"My mind was just a little bit everywhere. But it was what it was." Serena said.



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