Serena Powers Into US Open Semifinals

Six- time champion , Serena Williams shook off a sluggish start to beat eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6 - 4 , 6- 3 and moved into the US Open semi - finals . The US superstar , chasing a record -equalling 24 th major title , surrendered an early break to Pliskova, but she roared back with a streak of eight straight games to put away the opening set and take a 4 - 0 lead in the second against the woman who beat her in the semi - finals at Flushing Meadows in 2016 . “I just wanted to play better ,” Williams said of her mindset as she trailed 3 - 1 in the first. “I was thinking , you know , I can play better , so that was the good news. ” Williams did indeed cut down on the errors , and came up with the big serves when she needed them .
She finished the match with 13 aces and will take on Anastasija Sevastova for a place in the final after the 19 th - seeded Latvian toppled defending champion Sloane Stephens 6 - 2 , 6- 3 .
Pliskova, who managed to convert just two of 12 break point chances in the contest , said Williams was simply too good in the important moments.
“ She hit all first serves on the break points , which is always a little bit tougher to return ,” Pliskova said .
“ The second set , she was just mixing the serve . She was going a lot of wide. Not much that I could do on the break points .”
Williams did drop her serve once in the second , coughing up one of her five double faults on break point as Pliskova narrowed the gap to 4- 1.
But when she fell behind 0- 40 in the seventh game she rescued herself with 112 mph (180 Km / h) service winner followed by another service winner and an ace.
Pliskova got another chance when Williams batted a forehand into the net, but another booming serve , a backhand winner and an unreturnable serve saw her safely through the danger .
Serving for the match at 5- 3 Williams didn ’t allow any room for doubt , holding at love with two aces and an overhead smash followed by one last ace.
“ I really feel like right now I ’m playing free because I was having a baby this time last year , so I have nothing to prove , ” said Williams , who is seeking her first major title since her daughter Olympia was born on September 1 of 2017 .
With a win she would break out of a tie with Chris Evert for most US Open titles , and equal Margaret Court’s all- time record for Grand Slams .

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