Australian Open: Pliskova beats Serena to set up semi final match against Naomi Osaka
Pliskova beats Serena Williams who was one point – just one — from quite a comeback victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals when she turned her left ankle.
Everything unravelled from there.
In a startling reversal and result, Williams wasted four match points along the way to dropping the last six games of a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 loss to No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.
“I was almost in the locker room,” Pliskova told the Rod Laver Arena crowd, “but now I’m standing here as the winner.”
So instead of Williams moving closer to an eighth championship at the Australian Open and record-tying 24th Grand Slam title overall, it is Pliskova who will continue her pursuit of her first major trophy.
In the semifinals, Pliskova will face No. 4-seeded Naomi Osaka, who advanced by beating No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1 earlier Wednesday.
The other women’s semifinal will be two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova against unseeded American Danielle Collins.