Australia Open Updates: Williams Knocked Out
Serena Williams says she “did not choke” after missing four match points as Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova won the final six games to win a dramatic Australian Open quarter-final.
The 37-year-old American, going for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, led 5-1 in the decider but lost 6-4 4-6 7-5 in Melbourne.
“I think she just played lights out on match points,” Williams said.
“I took my chances,” said Pliskova who won on her third match point.
Australian Open 2019: Osaka Dominates Svitolina To Reach Semi
Naomi Osaka dominated Elina Svitolina to win in straight sets and reach the Australian Open semi-finals.
The Japanese US Open champion, 21, had too much firepower for Svitolina, triumphing 6-4 6-1 in Melbourne.
Sixth seed Svitolina, who is still to go beyond the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam, received treatment for a neck and shoulder injury during the second set.
Osaka will face Karolina Pliskova in the last four on Thursday after the Czech player overcame Serena Williams.
The seventh seed fought from 5-1 down in the decider and saved four match points to record a 6-4 4-6 7-5 win.
Fourth seed Osaka says that winning the US Open in September has given her the taste of success in the biggest events.
“I know that a few months ago I would have given anything to be in the semi-finals of a Slam,” she said.
“But it’s this weird feeling of, like, you want to do the next big thing. Especially now that I won a Grand Slam, I feel like I want to win another on.
Former world number one Pliskova will meet Japan’s fourth seed Naomi Osaka in the last four on Thursday with eighth seed Petra Kvitova taking on unseeded American Danielle Collins in the other semi-final.