After beating world No. 1 Simona Halep in the fourth round, Williams had a match point at 5-1 in the third set against Pliskova and appeared on her way to a rematch with Osaka. But she was then called for a foot fault and it began to unravel from there. She then appeared to turn her ankle on the baseline during a rally and blew three more match points afterward. ”I can’t say that I choked on those match points,” Williams told reporters. ”She literally played her best tennis ever on those shots.” “She never complains, but it definitely hampered her movement,” Chrissie Evert said of Williams on ESPN. With Pliskova serving at 6-5, Williams saved two match points before smacking a forehand into the net on the third match point. “I think she improved her game, especially in the second set,” said Pliskova, the 2016 US finalist. “She just went for her shots, was more aggressive. She was playing very well. I’m standing here as a the winner so a wonderful feeling. “I’m happy that I’m finally playing two days in a row. I like it, so of course I’ll be ready.” After winning her 23rd Grand Slam title while pregnant at the 2017 Australian Open, Williams missed time while giving birth and suffering complications during her pregnancy.
Serena is out in 3 sets Down Under to Pliskova and won’t win her 24th Major this week. pic.twitter.com/UxNdrZ6hil— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 23, 2019
She returned in 2018 to reach the finals at both Wimbledon and the US Open, losing to Angie Kerber and Osaka, respectively. Now she’s out in the quarters Down Under and will have to wait until the French Open to try to tie Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24 majors. ”It hasn’t happened yet,” Williams said, “but I feel like it’s going to happen.”
So clutch!From 1-5 down, #Pliskova has won five games in a row. She’ll serve for a spot in the semis at 6-5 vs. #Serena.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ypNVhRPCQK — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2019
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Most major titles among women:Margaret Court – 24 Serena Williams – 23 Steffi Graf – 22 Helen Wills Moody – 19 Chrissie Evert / Martina Navratilova – 18 pic.twitter.com/FdXY4IhBwz — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 23, 2019