Serena Jameka Williams of US has crashed out of the on-going Australian Open. She did so in a dramatic style as she missed four match points before losing to Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4 4-6 7-5 in a quarter-final match.
The 37-year-old American, going for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, has the game in control by the end of the first set led 5-1 in the decider but lost 6-4 4-6 7-5 in Melbourne.
Williams suffered an ankle injury during the rally on her first match point when serving at 5-1, 40-30. The seven-time Australian Open champion did not win another point on serve after the incident. However, the American played down the injury after the match.
“It was nothing to do with my ankle. Obviously I made some mistakes but she played really well.
“I think she just played lights out on match points.
“She was hitting lines and went crazy. She played unbelievable on match points,” Williams said.
An elated Pliskova, who won on her third match point said:
“I took my chances.”
Williams’ loss means that the highly anticipated rematch of between Williams and Japan’s fourth seed Naomi Osaka, who controversialy defeated her at the US Open final last year will not hold t the Aussies Open, as Pliskova, former world number one will now meet the Osaka in the last four on Thursday.
Eighth seed Petra Kvitova will take on unseeded American Danielle Collins in the other semi-final.