Serena Williams dropped a 5-1 lead in the deciding 3rd set against Karolina Pliskova and she missed four match points that would send her into the Australian Open semi-finals.
Pliskova pulled one of the greatest escapes in the Grand Slams’ history and definitely the greatest come-back against Serena Williams. This is her 3rd win against Serena and she is in the Australian Open semi-final for second time in her career.
One of the turning moments of the game may have been the first match point, when Serena hurt her ankle. Karolina Pliskova managed to win all 6 games that followed and to turn the match around in her favor.
Serena Williams said her ankle didn’t appear to be injured after the match and congratulated Pliskova on her incredible effort in the third set.
“My ankle seems to be fine. I don’t usually know until the next day. I think she just played lights out on match points, hitting lines,” she said. “She just played unbelievable on match points.
“I literally did everything I could on those match points … I can’t say that I choked on those match points. She literally played her best tennis ever on those shots.”
Serena Williams, 23 times Grand Slam winner is chasing the all-time record of 24 titles set by Margaret Court. She lost in the final of the last 2 Grand Slams of the previous season (US Open and Wimbledon) and now is out of this year’s Australian Open.
Pliskova will play against the Japaneese tennis player Naomi Osaka in the semi final tomorrow morning. The other semi final will be played between Petra Kvitova and Danielle Collins. Neither one of these tennis players has won the Australian Open previously, which means we will have a new champion in Melbourne.